Excerpt: The palate is simplistic and dull, relying heavily on elements of barrel char and bacon and returning to a raw alcohol character on the finish. A dusting of ash here gives the whiskey a particularly unpleasant bent.
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This is a Total Wine house brand that is sourced from TerrePURE in the Carolinas - a company that "hyper ages" distills products by attempting to age them faster than conventionally possible using a proprietary method. They claim that this process will revolutionize the industry by providing producers with products that are comparable to well aged bourbons and ryes, in just a fraction of that time. Let's see how it is.
Musty, caramel, pepper, clove, cardboard, still fake and sweet
Oats, musty, clove, caramel, some body
Short, very hot, musty and fake, caramel
For the love of God, pass on Winchester.
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