Jacob's Pardon is a new blend of staight whiskey's coupling distillate from Indiana and Tennessee. Age stated at 8 years, non-chill filtered and bottled at 97.1 proof, this is certainly an enticing set of statistics, though the $70 price tag may be a tough sell to some. Let's dig in.
Interesting on the nose - immediately reminiscent of cake batter, faint nuttiness, orange rind and some musty wood. More complex than expected, quite a bit going on.
Thin to medium mouth feel initially, though the ethanol content is entirely masked. Some younger spirit notes spring forward on the palate, a bit of a surprise, while notes of orange peel and Werther's caramel candies are most prominent.
Medium finish - pleasant, although not extremely complex. Nice maple notes, faint root beer, some caramel and light oak.
Jacob's Pardon is an interesting look at an operation doing something similar to Barrell Craft Spirits, but there's no doubt that a bump in proof (Barrell bottles at cask strength) would likely do this expression some great help as well.