Excerpt: I’m very pleasantly surprised by this. Going into a review without expectation is sometimes a touch difficult with unfamiliar brands or products, but this was certainly a great eye-opener toward Missouri Bourbon. I’m a buyer.
Excerpt: I’ll be keeping an eye on how this whiskey matures and how the company fine-tunes it over the next few years. For the here and now, it's a well made whiskey that you don’t have to wait for it to get better. It’s already beginning at a great place.
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Ben Holladay comes to us from Holladay Distillery in Weston, Missouri. Originally founded by Kentucky-born brothers Ben and David Holladay in 1856, Holladay Distillery has a long hisory. Aged six years, this bottled-in-bond expression is classified as a "Real Missouri Bourbon," meaning it must be mashed, fermented, distilled, aged and bottled in Missouri; aged in oak barrels made in Missouri; and made with corn grown in Missouri. This is our first taste of whiskey from Missouri — let's dive in!
Rich biscuits, honey, toffee and sweet cream on the nose. Oddly rich, plenty of great tannin on the nose. Missouri! You’ve been holding out.
Moderate to rich mouthfeel, sweet oak, toffee, honey, caramel candies and praline. Grows richer with time, great structure.
Long finish, bold and sweet, oaky and dessert forward.
Slam dunk from a newly refreshed brand. Ben Holladay’s first dash back on the market is a success and a brand to watch.
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