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The second of two new drams for Chrissie thanks to my wife and daughter. I've been looking forward to this one. I've only tried a couple of decent bourbons (nearly all of them Blantons) so getting my hands on another highly regarded bottling at a very decent price was very tempting.
Wow that nose! I had it sitting between my thighs on the couch as I started the review and I was getting tantalizing hints of vanilla and toffee. When I finally bought it to my nose it thickened showing a really mature, creamy, gentle nutmeg, cinnamon and clove spices, along with desiccated coconut. This is really something. Lovely stuff!
The taste is warmly spiced - cinnamon with a hint of nutmeg. Creamy toffee apple, sweetcorn, oak and old leather. Mouthwatering with hints of brown sugar and mint. There is a lot going on here and I like all of it!
The finish is long, dry and spicy, full of clove and cinnamon. Vanilla and oak notes come through as well as a savory leather note that lasts forever!
This is really top shelf stuff. This is by far the best bourbon I've ever had, and sits well with on he shelf with only the very best drams besting it, and even then it is only barely shaded.
I had this with some golden syrup pudding and ice cream, and it certainly spiced it up cutting through the syrupy sweetness of it all. Worth trying with other very sweet desserts!