High Rye Mashbill with 4 hand-selected barrels per batch
Aged To Perfection (Andy Nelson stated in a video that each barrel is 6-8 years old)
Color: Honey amber
Nose: Caramel candy squares and vanilla are the heavy hitters on the nose. A light floral bouquet is present along with some polished wood. Pleasant, but not too complex.
Taste: Initial sweetness with some dried fruit (predominantly apricot) that is quickly dominated by a peppered rye spice.
Finish: Medium in length and smooth with little to no burn. The peppered rye spice lingers with a hint of cinnamon and varnished oak.
Conclusion: While I currently live in MD, it's always nice to try good whiskey from my home state of TN. The peppered spice certainly dominates in this high rye bourbon. For $35 a bottle, it's a nice pour, but nothing I would keep stocked in my home bar. I saw they just released a 9 year, barrel proof expression that is currently only being sold at their gift shop...looking foward to trying that one!
My Rating: B (Good)
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