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Distilled by Chattanooga Whiskey, this experimental batch is from a single barrel that is at least 4 years old and bottled at barrel proof. This was barreled on 3/30/2016 and bottled on 4/9/2020. Selected by LZ. Let's get to it.
Rich cocoa, malt, honey and oak. Faint pepper, sweet toffee. Sweet and oaky, without much heat.
Bright and powerful on the palate but a bit hot. Orange peel, honey, pecans and quit a bit of ethanol. Nice flavor here for sure, but shrouded a bit. A 15 minute rest really helps this out, which isn't a big problem, but it's a bottle you'll want to rest longer than others.
Long, powerful, hot. Lots of toffee, cocoa, some tobacco but the ethanol drives here as well. Certainly not bad, and quite pleasant note wise, but the heat is something to be reckoned with unless you're willing to wait around. The flavor is super rich, though, which is worth the tradeoff here for me.
I really like this the notes this barrel is delivering but the heat is too present in the forefront initially. I'm going to give it the benfit of the doubt though, since a few extra minutes is about all it needs to let that powerful ethanol burn right off. Chatt's doing good stuff, for the most part, and I can't wait for this to continue to grow.