A unique release, this is a "Double Barrel" release from Ezra Brooks, the Lux Row / MGP owned brand from Bardstown, Kentucky. While the releases carry a 12 year age statement, it's notable that the barrels that went into this particular bottling were 15 and 16 years old, as noted on the label. This double barrel batch features a barrel filled on July 11, 2006, and Jan. 29, 2007. Both were dumped in October 2022. The resulting release is bottled at barrel proof, 118.4 proof in this case. Let's dive in.
The nose is beautiful and rich, full of apple, clove, honey, light spice like pepper and cardamom and a big hit of brown sugar.
Dry and oaky but full of life all the same. Creamy richness on the palate, full of creme brulee, soft cocoa, leather, a touch of tobacco, cherry cordials and a ripe apple butter note. Rich and complex, wow.
Long finish, impressive though growing drier and drier here. Caramel and toffee stand out here.
Overall, these releases are insane value for what they bring to the table, and from a quality perspective, they're top notch. It's crazy to think that there are still barrels this old floating around out there, but they hit the mark and drink very enjoyably. They won't upset any greats, but I'd bet it's hard to find anyone who'd be disappointed in these, as well.