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Deep gold colour with long legs in glass.
Nose: vanilla, brown sugar/caramel, cherry, sultana and warm spice
Palate: sweet entry, warming spice peppery with cloves as held on tongue builds to the edge of hot without ever getting too hot to handle sweet cherry essence with dried fruit and cherry balancing the heat.
Finish long sweet and warm with vanilla
The best balanced bourbon I have tried to date, the rye spice was a bit of a surprise compared to the FR1B as with the four recipe batching I was expecting less not more, gorgeous level of heat without any alcohol kick.
This is probably my favourite out of the 3 daily sippers I have too hand the others being WT101 and Buffalo Trace 40%ABV wish they did the 45 in UK. On any given day the Small batch or 101 are interchangeable both the Jim's are true master distillers. Rutledge edges it for me in this price bracket but at the next level I would go for the Rare Breed from Russell, although I am sure there will be honey barrels in the FR1B that would beat the consistency of the WT batching.