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This is Corsair Single Barrel Oatrage bottled at cask strength of 65.3% or 130.6 proof. It is made from oats, barley, and roasted malt. I picked this up at the distillery as it is a distillery exclusive. Aged 2.25 years in new charred American oak. Barrel N30-15-0404 Bottle #: 116/116
Fresh bottle, glass is neat and has been sitting for 20min. I will also add water.
Nose neat: Very alcohol forward. There is no kidding around the fact that this is 130.6 proof! It distinctively reminds me of some of the nicer barrel aged rums I've had. Definitely picking up brown sugar, molasses, raisins and figs, as well as baking spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. It really does smell like a whiskey/rum fusion. I also get the advertised coffee and chocolate notes.
Taste neat: Very sweet. Loads of brown sugar, oatmeal and alcohol. Also pick up a lot of coffee. After you get over the proof that is. If you want a kick in the face, this will provide it!
Finish: Loads of coffee, oats, grain and chocolate lasting minutes later.
Nose w/water: Definitely more gentle and floral. Still getting notes of aged rum, raisins and figs, but also picking up some floral and earthy notes as well.
Palate w/water: Water turns the kick in the face into a punch in the face. But an enjoyable one. Oats, coffee and chocolate and much more balanced now with a few drops of water.
Finish w/water: Raisins, rum, chocolate and coffee linger for a nice long while.
Overall: This really does taste like a rum/whiskey fusion with chocolate and coffee. And boy does it have a kick! This is very unique and "craft" as they say. Can't wait to see some older expressions from Corsair as I take the journey right alongside them here in Nashville.