Bright topaz in the glass, this displays a mellow vanilla aroma and a light palate that integrates sweet , wheat vanilla and oak, before drying to attractive cocoa, leather and grapefruit peel.
- Wine Enthusiast, 95 pts
While this offers no age statement, it revels in the renewed respect for bottled in bond whiskey which assures us it is at least 4 years old, 100 proof, from one distillery, and one distilling season. This new appreciation is for good reason. Toasted oak, chocolate-covered banana, vanilla, and apple meet hints of coffee and cinnamon on the nose. The high-rye recipe delivers the requisite cracked pepper and baking spices on the caramel-laden palate laced with licorice. This widely available bourbon seems to dwell in the age sweet spot, is nicely balanced with oak, and comes at a price that leaves little cause for hesitation.
- Whiskey Advocate, 92 pts