Distilled by an undisclosed producer, this is the 8th release of the Blood Oath limited edition bourbon bottling. A blend of three whiskeys, this release doesn't feature an age statement, but it does feature a Calvados brandy finish. The components for this Blood Oath are a 14yr high-rye bourbon, an 11yr high-rye bourbon and an 8yr high-rye bourbon that's finished in Calvados casks. Let's dive in.
Apple butter, brown sugar, honey, a touch of oak and bright, fruity character. Complex, there's a bit of oak, plenty of Calvados influence and a heck of a lot of dessert.
Medium to rich on the palate, loads of honey, toffee, oak, stewed apples and a touch of cinnamon. Pepper, some spice on the back of the throat, oak and rich Calvados influence. This will be polarizing, but if you like fruit forward brandies, this will doubtlessly hit home.
Long finish, subtle, complex and sweet. Brown sugar, baked oatmeal, stewed apples, pears, honey and a long, butter cream finish.
This is a strange entrance to the Blood Oath category, but it may just be the best yet. In order to find this hitting home, a love for fruity, spritely brandies is a must, but if you're a lover of brandy, this will hit home. Powerful, subtle, complex, rich and packed with flavor, this is easily a Blood Oath worth the hunt, and perhaps a bit of a premium.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.