Distilled on June 22nd of 2006, this MGP sourced bottling was contracted to Bull Run and finished for an undisclosed period of time in a Cognac cask. Bottled at cask strength, they make no mistake to imply the rarity of such a thing. Let's dive in.
Vibrant, jammy, oaky. Oh boy it's oaky. There't quite a bit of cocoa, coffee, tannin and honey, with a light jammy grape character. Apple pie, cocoa, some fresh served creme brulee.
Rich on the palate but bold and oaky. It's dry and jammy, which is an interesting contrast. The proof is well placed, rich and viscous without being aggressive, although the tannins definitely drive the show. Notes of creme brulee, dry tannic oak, honey and blackberry.
Long finish, but dry and tannin forward. A bit too woody for me, but it's on the right track.
A great concept and I'm thrilled this bottling is out there at such high proof. With just a hair less tannin here, this would be a rockstar bottling. That said, still very good and fans of jammy fruits and bold tannins will be more than satisfied.