This is a frankenwhiskey coming from the dreaded Mattingly's. Supposedly a blend of bourbons, probably from MGP or OZ Tyler at an undisclosed age. I'm a little timid for this one, but lets see how it is. I didn't get a good shot of this sample, nor is there any real good info online, so the image is more or less a mystery. Redeye is the name of the blend, which released to little fanfare well after the general whiskey community shunned the Mattinglys.
Sweet, but musty and fruity. Waxy candle smells like lavender, lemon and some pear. Really fragrant in a way I don't usually see from American whiskeys.
Thin mouth feel, although no heat. Sweet, pear, prune, toffee and caramel. Really bourbon-y on the palate, despite the flat cola feel. Lots of clove, oak, toffee and some cocoa.
Medium in length. Mild but interesting. Lots of fudge, toffee, cocoa. It reminds me of a slightly less competent Buffalo Trace single barrel.
This isn't bad. It's not real good, though, either. Sure, it bears the Mattingly name and some of the suspicion that comes with it, but once you get past the bizarre nose, things work out sorta ok. Reminds me of a lame Buffalo Trace bottle. A really lame one. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that not too much ceiling particulate or standing water made it into my bottle.