-Barrel 1681, bottle 99/158
-11 years old
Nose: Sweet with initials whiffs of vanilla cream and fudge. Powdered sugar, toasted bread, and cinnamon spice balance a very bold yet elegant aroma.
Taste: The flavors on the nose culminate into a french-toast style note on the palate. It's complex, with a strong herbal presence, baking spices, and vanilla flavored tobacco on the back end.
Finish: Warming with hard-candied sweetness and spiced tobacco. A friendly heat lays in your chest for a long time.
Conclusion: This is a smooth and complex bourbon. It balances most of the flavor spectrum; sweet, spicy, and herbal notes combine for an enjoyable drink. In addition to the juice, I must say I love the labeling/packaging. If you are on the bourbon trail, make sure to stick your head in the gift shop early in the morning and you may get lucky.
My Rating: B+ (Very Good)
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