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 #3 barrel with an additional toasting component, toasted to profile #37. 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). Given this is an unranked sample, because it was involved in a selection I participated in, I'll have another bourbon posted today which may be of quite a bit of interest as well.
Rich toffee, graham cracker, waffle cone, peanuts and cocoa. Sweet caramel, a hint of currant, toffee. Faintly savory, like a salted caramel note. This is basically a great dessert in a glass.
Ooh yes, the trip to the bakery continues. Really rich and savory. The mouthfeel is medium in viscosity, coats nicely. A little heat, but nothing wild. All in all, really enjoyable. Packed with creme brûlée, waffle cone, chocolate syrup and vanilla bean. Nutty and savory as well.
Long and rich. A bit more heat here but well integrated given how flavorful this barrel is in the finish. Rich cocoa, some malty notes more reminiscent of baking bread in scotch than unwelcome malt in bad craft whiskey. Honey, pralines. Mmmm.
It’s really clear why this went on to be the favorite barrel. The complexity is impressive enough even without considering that these are all notes I really find myself gravitating towards on a typical day. Big fan.