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Bond and Lillard Whiskey Barons Batch 1

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  • Distiller:

    Wild Turkey

  • Bottler:

    Campari

  • ABV:

    50%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: I will say that Campari succeeded in creating a bourbon that’s different than all other Wild Turkey products I have tried.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: But no, the short finish hurts its next-level consideration.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Bond and Lillard Bourbon is a decent whiskey, but it makes me think the judges in 1904 would loose their minds if they tried modern day WT.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long and dry with a good balance of subtle spices, caramel, and oak.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: At this proof, water isn't required, but pecans become more apparent if you do.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: While it’s a less well-realized whiskey than Old Ripy, it’s got ample character to hold its own and merit sampling by bourbon enthusiasts.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: The spiced palate echoes the nose, leading to an oaky finish that flashes ginger, cinnamon and cayenne heat.
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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Enjoying this over the course of the bottle, not a lot changed. I hoped the youthful notes would go away, but they remained. I hoped some sweetness would develop to offset the heat and spice - that didn't happen.
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  • Intro:

    Like Old Ripy, but different. Its been beat to death by now, for sure. This is batch 1 of the "Whiskey Barons" Bond and Lillard product. Charcoal filtered WT distillate, bottled at a respectable 50%. Its also bottled in 375 ml offerings but priced like expensive 750s. The word "Limited Edition" is also tossed around a fair bit, even though there are 100 of these on every shelf near me. Good ol, Campari.

  • Nose:

    Clove, caramel. Overripe banana, walnuts, and a "green" note. It smells very young to me, with some interesting notes I pick up in much younger, often craft, whiskeys.

  • Taste:

    Thin with some heat. At 50% though, some heat is almost certainly present - although I was hoping for a little more richness. Sweet cocoa, cracked black pepper, some cloves. Not much sweetness from the nose is present here - its definitely spice heavy.

  • Finish:

    Short, with some odd young funk, and a bit of heat. Peppery clove, allspice and faint sweetness are present.

  • Overall:

    Overall, this is fairly disappointing. Enjoying this over the course of the bottle, not a lot changed. I hoped the youthful notes would go away, but they remained. I hoped some sweetness would develop to offset the heat and spice - that didn't happen. It's not terrible whiskey, but Id take 101 over this any day. I'd also easily choose Buffalo Trace (my baseline) against this any day. Were in a day and age when what's in the bottle needs to stand up to other shelf competitors. Flashy packaging cant cover the flaws in this bottle, and the price it sits at is almost insulting. Campari, I know you can do better, even if you don't have to. I know this bottle basically sells itself thanks to your marketing giant, but you haven't won over this guy. Stick to letting the Russell's do what they do best - make great product.

  • Score:

    4

  • By t8ke
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