Distilled by an Undisclosed Kentucky distiller - rumored and thought by many to be Barton - this release is bottled by Calumet at a very generous 53% ABV. It comes with a price tag that strays into the firmly reasonable: a welcome sight to many bourbon drinkers despite the hefty 16yr age statement. Let's dive in!
Rich and funky on the nose, loaded with tobacco, cocoa, cherries, toffee and a chunk of barrel char. Complex.
Moderate to viscous mouthfeel, heat is very much in check. I like this, reminds me sort of a Booker’s Jr in terms of a funky, nutty, cherry toffee profile, with a great balance of oak and sweetness.
Long finish, dry, funky, loaded with butter cream, honey, brown butter, pepper and more oak.
On par with the 15yr, and delightful. It's really great to see what Calumet has been up to, especially as they also provide access to older stocks at a price point few other whiskey drinkers are likely to see.