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Distilled at Starlight in Indiana, this bourbon release sees a finishing period in Port wine barrels, and is bottled at barrel proof.
Buttered popcorn, red berry, blackberry and some rich tobacco. Sweet and creamy, a touch of varnish, light oak.
Moderate mouthfeel, some praline and vanilla bean ice cream. A bit of heat, pepper, orange peel, ginger. Sweet on the back palate, light oak, nougat.
Short finish, a touch hot, but there's a bit of complexity. Oak, sweet cream, rich berry, concord jelly, the port is present but not overbearing.
I like this! There could be a bit more character, but for a young whiskey seeing the effects of an aggressive wine finish, this manages extremely well. Port is vibrant and can easily become overbearing, and this release manages that sweetness well.