Bottling: Parkers Heritage Collection
Colour: Old Sauternes
This was one of my earlier purchases and I hadn’t tasted it in a long time. I just remembered that it was good. How good? I had totally forgotten!
The nose is a massive burst of vanilla, coconut, leather and burnt toast. Just like a good bourbon should be. But what sets this one apart is the crisp intensity of each aroma. Add to this a beautiful mix of ground coffee, a slice of chocolate cake, fresh tobacco and cardamom and you invariably reach for the non-existant six shooter by your side!
The taste is as explosive as the nose with caramel, vanilla, orange liqueur and big cinnamon playing a country song on your palate. Oaky honey and maple syrup cascade in next to round off a lip smacking delivery.
As the long, oily and spicy finish hints of boiled sweets and cigar box you can’t help but salivate at the thought of the next sip.
A must-have winter night dram – preferably out in the open fields.
There are few sights in this world that can have a whisky drinkers’ heart racing than 71.4% ABV scrawled across a bottle of bourbon. I mean who in their right mind would let mere mortals drink this?
The geniuses at Buffalo Trace, who else?
Get past the heady alcohol fumes and you will find a treasure trove of dynamite aromas in this bourbon; like sitting down for breakfast at the local tanner’s, some where in the Wild West. All around you are piles of wood and leather products. His wife graciously serves you a cup of steaming mochaccino and ladles a healthy dollop of dark caramel into the giant steel cup. She then proceeds to add cloves, cinnamon and black pepper corns to spice things up a bit. And last, but not the least, gives you a thick piece of burnt toast spread with a chunky coat of orange marmalade to complete your meal. Gorgeous!
Have it unadulterated and you are thrown head-first into a hot chocolate fudge cake covered in wild gooseberries, treacle, cinnamon, black peppercorns, cloves and burnt sugar on top. Possibly one of the most delicious palates that exist.
The finish stays with you, I suspect, until you retire and start collecting pension. Chocolate brownies covered in nuts and massive spices round off this awe inspiring Wild West experience.
Why are you still reading this? Go get one now!
Rating : 96
Holy 107 Proof! This bourbon is so good it’s not even funny. Drink it neat and the pure alcohol evaporates off your tongue and hits your upper palate. Very nice sweet nose with a touches of woody oak. The taste is sublime – starts sweet (vanilla, caramel, chocolate) and then becomes so complex and dry (full of oaky goodness with a hint of smoke). And the finish? What the hell is that? I can still savor it on my palate after two days.
Rating : 95
I can’t get over how good bourbon is for the soul. Smooth and satisfying nose full of chocolate and leather. A little subdued on the palate for my liking (I like my bourbons to kick me in the face). Unmistakable oaky fruits and tobacco on the palate. Medium to long dry finish. Extremely accomplished drink named after a Baptist preacher.
Rating : 90
Another gem from the wonderful world of bourbon. All the chocolaty oaky goodness in the nose comes rushing in when you take your first sip. Nice long and dry finish. Luckily I have a bottle that is straight out from the WT-03RB batch – the same one that Jim tasted from.
Rating : 92