Thomas S. Moore Cabernet Sauvignon Finish Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Thomas S. Moore Cabernet Sauvignon Finish

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  • Distiller:

    Barton

  • Bottler:

    Barton

  • ABV:

    47.65%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: It's a dessert bourbon for sure, but it would also make a seriously decadent base for a Manhattan.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: It’s certainly a solid whiskey, though not a game-changer. The balance was there, but also something missing, if that makes sense.
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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: These flavors thankfully diminish the more you sip, but never fully dissipates and drags down the rather deserving nose and palate. That’s disappointing for this $70 whiskey as it could have been a true home run otherwise.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The finish is quite dry, even feeling a bit on the dusty side, slightly grainy, savory, and, like the Chardonnay Finish, a little beefy.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Honestly, I routinely find myself disparaging Cab Sav finishes because so few have ever really worked that well. This particular bottling changes that tune, quite significantly, in a bottling that I can best describe as a total hit.
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  • Intro:

    Distilled by Barton and aged for quite a healthy period, both initially and then again in Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels, Thomas S. Moore is a new, 2021 release that promises to be interesting, at the very least. Cabernet Sauvignon is typically a bold, boisterous grape, so the secondary maturation utilizing those wine casks should be nothing short of fascinating.

  • Nose:

    Sweet and earthy, a bit going on. The Cab isn't immediately apparent, but it's not understated either. Big, bold bourbon notes are first up - oak, cinnamon, cocoa, cream, vanilla bean and a hint of brown sugar. Earthy red wine notes like soil, red berry, dry tannins, emerge later.

  • Taste:

    Sweet and rich on the palate. Brown sugar combines with red berry, earth, slate and oak for a really full mouth feel. Proof feels pretty good. Amazing sweetness that is desserty and wine forward without ever becoming too sweet - oak balances nicely.

  • Finish:

    Long finish, notably wine forward with hints of brown sugar, brown butter, waffle cone, white pepper and oak.

  • Overall:

    Honestly, I routinely find myself disparaging Cab Sav finishes because so few have ever really worked that well. This particular bottling changes that tune, quite significantly, in a bottling that I can best describe as a total hit.

  • Score:

    7

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