This was one of three samples we selected a barrel from for the first ever Chattanooga Single Barrel selection for Seelbachs. I tasted alongside Breaking Bourbon, Dads Drinking Bourbon and Bourbonr for this inaugural selection. This sample was just shy of 3 years old at the time of sampling and was aged in a char #2 barrel with no additional toasting. Since this was a selection, I will be leaving it unranked, but I was impressed with the quality of Chattanooga's work so far, and wanted to get my full tasting notes out for those that may be interested in learning more about each barrel that went into this selection (and more about the winner, too).
Fresh apple, peach, lots of honey and almond. Bright, fruity, nice structure. Complex, but there’s some ethanol floating in there. Doesn’t seem to be much oak, but it’s not malty or gross, either, so that’s good.
Sweet and creamy, medium body on the palate. A little harsh heat wise, but not punishing. Honey, apples and bright pear. There’s a hint of oak, and some nice pepper. The heat grows a bit with time. This is a bright, fruity, spirity barrel.
Short on the finish and a bit hot. Lots of apple, graham cracker and some faint malt. This reminds me so vividly of those apple granola bars that my parents kept around when I was growing up. Sweet, fruity, a hint of breadiness.
Overall, this is bonkers impressive for something this young. It’s bright, fruity and spirit driven. While it doesn’t have oodles of complexity, what it has going on is nice, even if its a bit hot.