Distilled by an undisclosed producer, this batch features 6yr, 9yr and 12yr Kentucky bourbon's blended and then finished in a variety of casks. This is chapter 3, and features finishing in Apera Sherry, Tawny Port and Dark Rum casks.
Complex and decadent. Cocoa, fudge, rich cherry cordial candies. Tobacco, orange marmalade, black currant and a touch of date fruit. A lot to take in, all delicious.
Pencil shavings, rich oak, toffee, honey, cherry cordials once more. Blueberry, almond and rich cream. Cigar box once more, a touch of tannic oak. Delightful and complex. Rich, viscous mouthfeel, the proof is dialed in just right.
Long finish. Tannin and cocoa lead, with the sherry, maple, candied almond, pipe tobacco and sweet cream. Powerful, decadent, finish lasts for quite some time.
This is an incredible look at the merits of careful, calculated blending and the strong performance that well curated finishing barrels can yield. The best of the series by a mile, and one of the most complex whiskeys to cross my desk in 2021.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.