An April 2023 release from Buffalo Trace, this is the fifth bourbon in the distillery's "Old Charter Oak" line of whiskeys, a series that runs contrary to the common misconception that bourbon must be aged in American oak. This release is aged in a new, charred Spanish oak barrel. Spanish oak is commonly used to age sherry.
Big, bold and rich on the nose — more richness than I was expecting, to be honest. Baked apples, pears, bold maple and brown sugar. Cherries, cocoa and a touch of espresso.
On the palate, it presents medium richness, a plenty-enjoyable mouthfeel but far from a bruiser. Well-composed combination of brown sugar, sweet oak, a pop of pepper and ginger.
Finish is pleasant and honestly the best part. The long finish exits gracefully, brimming with red fruits and cherries, sweet cream, zesty pepper and a touch of ginger.
This release is entirely competent and totally pleasant. The Spanish oak is there for sure, and the combination of desserts, tannin and cherry fruit is delightful.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.