Excerpt: It doesn’t break any barriers for the finishing style and still feels a bit rough around the edges, a trait standard 1792 Small Batch Bourbon is also known for. Certainly pick up a bottle if you can find it, but don’t overpay for it.
Excerpt: Overall, Thomas S. Moore Port Cask finish is a competent, wine finished whiskey that shows what balance can do in bringing complexity and some unique qualities to a product - when it's well made in the first place.
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Distilled by Barton and aged for quite a healthy period, both initially and then again in Port wine casks, Thomas S. Moore is a new, 2021 release that promises to be interesting, at the very least. Is Barton coming for Angel's Envy's lunch? We'll see.
Sweet on the nose - a surprising amount of oak. Toffee, rich wine character jumps to the front. Plenty going on. Red berries, cocoa, a light minerality and some vanilla bean.
Dry at first on the palate. Apricot, honey, slivered almond, some earthiness. The port wine kicks in relatively quickly, bringing jammy berries, blackberry, some currant and sweet cream. Nice oak integration.
Long finish, a bit dry, which is welcome since Port + Bourbon is often a suspicion of being too sweet for me. Lots of cocoa, cherry , black berry and currant before cream and some dry oak see the dram out.
Overall, Thomas S. Moore Port Cask finish is a competent, wine finished whiskey that shows what balance can do in bringing complexity and some unique qualities to a product - when it's well made in the first place.
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