I sometimes dabble in bourbon but for the longest time found the range of profiles to be somewhat small and it was just the occasional indulgence, usually when I was at a bar and a decent bourbon is the same price as a bad scotch whisky. But then I discovered the premium bourbons and that all changed.
This is a small batch bottling from Jim Beam, originally begun as a series of personal bottlings by their late master distiller Booker Noe. Bottled at cask strength and un-chill filtered, this is quite different from the standard fare.
This was the first cask strength bourbon I ever tried and it really blew me away. It really felt like a concentrated dose of everything one expects to find in a good bourbon.
Aged 7 years. 63.25%ABV. Batch C87-B-19. Un-chillfiltered and bottled at cask strength.
Nose: Rich vanilla cream. Toasted oak. Caramel candies. A spicy note (savory like Indian cooking, not hot). Dry grassy notes. Sawdust.
Palate: Thick nutty cream. Rich vanilla. Dry oak. More dry grass with some floral notes. Woodspice. Bitter chocolate. Bitter citrus. Bit of a full-bodied red wine note.
Finish: Long. Sweet vanilla. Bitter oak. More of that red winey note. Woodspice. Toast.
Rating: Buy this
Global VFM: 3/5
Local VFM: 2/5
This one felt like drinking a distilled tree, wood, sap, flowers, fruit and all. It was quite lovely. A bit expensive but well worth it in this case.