Excerpt: This is one of the best examples of a wine cask-finished whiskey I’ve tasted, a sipper whose complexity lies in the unity of a superb wine and a delicious bourbon. I can only hope there are more iterations of this quality level to come.
Excerpt: The Bardstown Bourbon Company Phifer Pavitt Reserve is a decent whiskey, but the sweetness kicks it a bit out of balance and while it’s a really neat experiment, I’m glad someone did it, I’m not convinced the world needs a wine finished Dickel. It adds some fruitiness, but the super sweet style of dark fruit that comes through doesn’t fully mesh with the dried corn essence that shines through.
Excerpt: So, is this worth the cost of admission? I’m going to have to say yes! While expensive, the pricing is right in line with many sourced whiskeys at this time and it is much better than many other bottles I’ve had in this price range. All I have left to say is this is a fine example of what can be accomplished when secondary barrel finishing bourbon.
Excerpt: The finish is influenced more by wood, with a bit of sawdust apparent. Again things are quite raisiny, with cherry again in the mix. Unfortunately, a moderate gummy element endures here, finishing things off with a somewhat weird, chewy, almost gamy texture.
Excerpt: The end result is a nut-brown hue and espresso-tinged aroma. The palate opens fiery but flavorful, echoing that espresso note and layered with dried cherry, mocha, and a distinct orange peel tone on the exhale.
Excerpt: Overall, Phifer Pavitt is a great bottling for fans of a specific profile - in this case, jammy, bitter, mineral forward bourbon with a bold fruit character. You'll need to be a fan of tannins to get the most out of it, but Cab lovers everywhere should be easily sold.
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Finished for 19 months in Phifer Pavitt Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, Bardstown Bourbon Company's Phifer Pavitt Reserve is a Dickel sourced whiskey with a wine maturation.
Bold and jammy on the nose. Toffee, some honey, bright fruit and light minerality. Big is the best word to describe the red fruit - cherry, blackberry, raspberry - all in your face, in a delicious manner.
Jammy on the palate, moderate mouthfeel. Some heat, but nothing wild. The Dickel character is unescapable but delicious, and the red fruits jump immediately. Minerality, some orange peel, dry tannins, honey.
Long, but dry, bitter, woody and savory. Perhaps just a tinge too much oak, but it's jammy and enjoyable.
Overall, Phifer Pavitt is a great bottling for fans of a specific profile - in this case, jammy, bitter, mineral forward bourbon with a bold fruit character. You'll need to be a fan of tannins to get the most out of it, but Cab lovers everywhere should be easily sold.
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