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Joseph Magnus Bourbon Whiskey

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  • Distiller:

    MGP

  • Bottler:

    Joseph Magnus

  • ABV:

    50%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long, dry, and slightly astringent with lingering spices, honey, and touches of dark fruits.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The finish caps everything with dry wood smoke. Nothing lavish like the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, but stalwart top to bottom.
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  • Raided Score: 100
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: I like everything about this whiskey. Truly. All of it. More, please!
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Water helps to temper the heat and release even more flavors, with currant, chocolate, and drying oak on the finish.
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  • Raided Score: 76
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: While I understand the costs associated with sourcing bourbon barrels and the costs of buying and transporting sherry/cognac finishing casks, I just do not find the final product worth the $100 MSRP.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The finish reprises much of the above, ending on notes of Cracker Jack and barbecued beef ribs. A significant red pepper note lends a surprising harshness to the proceedings.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: What I did like was the nose, though, and the sherry and cognac components that existed and played very well with the bourbon notes, without becoming overbearing.
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  • Intro:

    "Joseph Magnus Bourbon is a marriage of straight bourbon whiskey aged in white oak and finished in Oloroso sherry, Pedro Ximnez and Cognac casks. Rich and deep notes of vanilla, citrus, dark chocolate, brown sugar and dark stone fruits deliver with a lingering, warm finish." - Joseph Magnus Website

  • Nose:

    Honey, figs, rich cocoa, vanilla cream. Earthy, rich tobacco, musty plums. Thick nose like a raisin bread with some spices and vanilla sweetness.

  • Taste:

    Thin to medium mouth feel. Earthy, musty and sweet. Lots of cocoa, honey, vanilla, some rich syrupy fruits. Lots of plum, cherry and bready sweetness. The cognac and sherry finishes are very evident here. Sweet, but rich and savory. Lots of tobacco.

  • Finish:

    Short to medium in length. No real heat here. Tobacco, pepper, earthy clove, followed by some plum and a bit of currant.

  • Overall:

    Overall, I liked this but found both the palate and the finish to be thin and generally not super complex. What I did like was the nose, though, and the sherry and cognac components that existed and played very well with the bourbon notes, without becoming overbearing.

  • Score:

    6

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