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- Brand: Splinter Group Spirits
- ABV: 42%
Splinter Group Spirits is an Independent ager and bottler which sources spirits from various distilleries. Straight Edge Bourbon is a blend of 5, 7, and 8 yo bourbons from unnamed distilleries in both Kentucky and Tennessee, which are then finished by Splinter Group in Napa Valley wine casks.. The mashbill is 70-17-13 Corn-Rye-Barley-malt.
The reviewed bottle is owned by my sister and was opened 6 months ago. The sample was taken when the bottle was first opened, and is now being reviewed after 6 months in the sample vial
Nose: beautiful; lovely, fragrant, a little floral, with wine blending well with rye bourbon, which is something which you cannot assume will occur. Sweet and sour balance each other very well. Easy and attractive. This is one of the best wine-finished bourbon noses I have encountered. Water raises the pitch and brings out additional sweetness. Score: 23.5/25 neat; and with water added
Taste: the translation of flavours from the nose is excellent. Easy and beautiful. You taste mostly wine flavours and wood flavours. Water added bundles the flavours and reduces complexity. 23/25 neat; 21/25 with water added
Finish: medium length of finish; loses the sweet eventually and finishes slightly sour. Water added blurs the flavours on the close. Score: 21.5/25 neat and with water added.
Balance: very good balance in the nose and on the palate; good balance on the finish. Score: 22/25
Total Sequential Score: 90 points neat; 88 points with water added
Quality: 23/25 very nice wood and wine flavours
Variety: 21.5/25 good variety
Harmony: 22/25 very good harmony in the nose and on the delivery; good harmony on the finish
Total Non-Sequential Score: 88.5 points
Comment: I was very favourably surprised by this bottle when my sister opened it up. For easy drinking everyday bourbon, which is "more-ish" this will do nicely. This is a well-done wine cask finish bourbon, without a sulphur problem. Wine and rye do not always mix well, but this one succeeds in creating a very pleasant diversion. What larger significance does this particular whiskey have? I think that it shows that some of these many US independent bottlers can 1) do a good job, 2) be more creative than merely to bottle what they have purchased, and 3) show the maturity to be able to supervise a successful wine cask finish. This Straight Edge, which has a picture on the label of a Straight Razor, is pleasant and relatively light, but very worthy for that mellow easy drinking mood. When I see my sister I am going to look forward to drinking a little more of this