Calumet 12yr Single Rack Black Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Calumet 12yr Single Rack Black

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  • Distiller:

    Undisclosed

  • Bottler:

    Calumet

  • ABV:

    47%

  • Age:

    12 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Intro:

    This is a bottling of a run if 19 barrels of Kentucky bourbon. According to Calumet: "All barrels used are aged in a single, center cut rack from the ideal maturation location and conditions inside the rick house. This expression of the Calumet Farm Bourbon family is a true convergence of craftsmanship and flavor."

  • Nose:

    Oak, honey, ethanol and strangely enough - Red Vine candies. Really strange. Sweet and fruity, more artificially so (not to imply this is dosed or flavored - it just smells like some artificially flavored candy out there) with a faint backbone of oak.

  • Taste:

    Thin mouth feel, gets a little better with time. No real heat, but its pretty flat. The oak is first to show, followed by some astringency, vanilla and some more red licorice candy. Almost even a bit of a Swedish Fish note. Truly weird.

  • Finish:

    Short, not a lot of heat, but not a ton of complexity either. Oaky, dry, some vanilla and more persisting candy notes.

  • Overall:

    Honestly, I don't really know what to make of this. The age is apparent in the oak, but perhaps a hair heavy handed. Not really an issue. The candy fruit notes are crazy interesting though, although I'm not sure I super love them.

  • Score:

    4

  • By t8ke
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