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Not being a particular fan of the No7, I figured that the Single Barrel release would likely be a step up. Booker’s remains my favourite to date, with an unparalleled richness and warmth. Knowing this, my friend suggested that this might be a worthy follow-up. I’m skeptical, though. Let’s see how this goes.
Nose: Spearmint, brown sugar, deep cherry, dark caramel, maple, oak, charcoal, and smoky bacon. Lovely and rich.
Palate: Sweet and thick. Brown sugar, syrup, maraschino cherries, old musty oak and wet tobacco followed by spice.
Finish: Tobacco, cherries, Spicy white pepper and burnt vanilla with some lovely lingering oak. It’s dry, but not overly so. Just right. Medium in length.
I really like this stuff. It’s a well crafted and confident dram. Not as thick or stylized as some other bourbons/Tennessee whiskies, but it remains very rich and warming with wonderful notes. And at 47% it stands as a sturdy and strong alternative for those of us who want a step up from the standard or budget offerings. The wood notes are particularly enjoyable. Overall, it’s a standard flavour profile with some added richness and intensity that is simply well-done. This is undoubtedly one of Jack's finest releases.