I picked this up at the distillery somewhat recently. Really fun tour if you're ever in Lynchburg (if you're in Lynchburg it's for JD because there is nothing else there.) We did a tasting as well and sampled the Gold no. 27, Sinatra Select, and SB rye. Fun times. I really enjoy the presentation of this whiskey. Lovely bottle that reminds me of a classy yet wild west saloon.
Rick: L34 Bottle: 18-1753 Bottle date: 3.12.18
Bottle has been opened for about a month and is 90% full. Sample is neat and I prefer it this way so this review will not include water added. It is 130.6 proof so I just take smaller sips.
Nose: A lot going on and I won't pretend to nail down everything. A big hit of pecan pie with the pecans covered in crystallized burnt brown sugar. Lovely. Then a big whiff of banana bread. Definitely some honey, tart cherry, dark chocolate. Tobacco and leather to round things off. (I always get leather from JD. Even the plain no. 7). Wow, great nose. Rich, deep.
Palate: A freight train of big flavours with pecans acting as the locomotive, followed by banana, cherries, brown sugar, caramel and finally honey in the caboose role.
Finish: Peanut butter! After swallowing, peanut butter and chocolate stick in your mouth for minutes.
Overall: Darn good stuff. I've never been a JD fan, don't even care for the 47% single barrel. But this is a whole other level. As far as balance goes, there isn't really anything "light" or "fruity." It's a deep, rich, heavy whiskey.