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I am not much of a fan of old No.7 but I can see the appeal of it, it has indeed become a very powerful American Icon, pretty much synonymous with rock & roll, motorcycles and the assorted trappings of that lifestyle. It is also fairly easy drinking whether due in part to the Lincoln process of charcoal filtering the whisky prior to barreling or the low abv.
After having sampled a few of these single barrel releases I have been pleasantly surprised and have eaten my share of crow. This one was from a bottle split with a friend.
Nose: Lacquer, banana chips, sweet corn and candy apples. There is a peak of allspice and cloves in the middle and then a little cedar and tons of fresh oak.
Palate: Sweet, sharp, banana bread, cooked cherries and vanilla. A little lactic and sour tang shows up too.
Finish: Oak and smidge of mint, vanilla and a lingering amount of peppery spices lead. The body is fairly thin.
I have to admit it is pretty decent stuff, again not my favourite American whisky but a far cry from Gentleman Jack. The price locally is fairly high, at the same price point I would rather buy Knob Creek SB or Eagle Rare.