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Way back in the 60s, White Label (with ginger ale or cranberry juice) was my drink of choice. Since then, I really hadn't drank much of JB and hadn't given in much thought. Then a friend from Quebec brought down a couple bottles to share. One of them was a liter bottle of JB (some gift, I thought) the other a 10 yo Whistle Pig (nice!!). We enjoyed the Whistle Pig, but the next afternoon, much to my surprise, I noticed my friend sipping on White Label NEAT. He pronounced it "quite good." I tried it neat and was pleasantly surprised. This was not the same stuff I remembered. I
Color: Old Gold
Nose: Very light and floral. Some vanilla.
Palate: Surprising change from the nose as the palate is quite full bodied. A nice mouth feel with up front brown sugar highlights. Vanilla and licorice make an appearance late with tingling spices.
Finish: Short but solid.
This is never going to be a first tier bourbon, but this bottling was far beyond some of the 50 ratings it has received previously. Try it with an open mind.