Three Chord Twelve Bar Reserve 12yr Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Three Chord Twelve Bar Reserve 12yr

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  • Distiller:

    Various

  • Bottler:

    Steel Blending Spirits

  • ABV:

    53.5%

  • Age:

    12 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long with lingering spices, toasted caramel, and a hint of charred oak – but – this is one of the rare whiskies where adding a few drops of water makes the most difference on the finish. It amps up the pepperiness along with a touch of spearmint and makes the finish last even longer. Excellent!
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: While the backbone of its Tennessee source is evident, this is surprisingly more complex than expected.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: More rich spice, chocolate, and fruit on the finish, along with peanut butter, spearmint, and generous oak. Not a hair out of place.
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  • Raided Score: 68
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: To me, this bourbon tastes hot for the proof proof and has an astringency in the finish that is unusual to see in a bourbon that has been aged for 12 years. This release wasn’t for me personally, but I am interested to see what other offerings Steel Binding Spirits LLC puts out in the future.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Growing on me with every day this bottle is open, I didn’t like this at first, but it opened up well. That said, it peaks there. It’s good, but not exceptional, though it’s also a tremendous value.
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  • Intro:

    Distilled by an undisclosed distiller in KY and IN, this release is a 12yr blend of barrels, bottled under the Twelve Bar Reserve label for Three Chord. It’s bottled at barrel proof.

  • Nose:

    Faint on the nose, but a bit of dessert character. Caramel, light toasted almond, vanilla bean, light toffee.

  • Taste:

    Thin on the palate, especially for the proof. Surprising. Caramel, cocoa, some praline. Growing a bit richer with time, but still not over the moon for the sensation on the palate.

  • Finish:

    Medium finish. Dry, caramel, some toffee and peanut brittle. Oddly nutty, some brown sugar.

  • Overall:

    Growing on me with every day this bottle is open, I didn’t like this at first, but it opened up well. That said, it peaks there. It’s good, but not exceptional, though it’s also a tremendous value.

  • Score:

    6

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