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Next to the 81 Proof, which means as much as 40,5% ABV, there is also a version called 101 Proof. Hence, this one has an alcohol percentage of 50,5%.
The nose is very similar to the 81 Proof. This is very likely the same stuff, but simply bottled at a higher strength. For here again I get raisins, chewing tobacco and maple syrup. It is also quite spicy, thanks to the higher percentage of rye in the mashbill. Finally, the nose is similarly soft.
It is pretty oily and a bit burning upon arrival. The first sip is actually quite alcoholic and makes me gasp for air. The second is more soothing. Honeysweet and spicy on oranges, raisins, but also pecan nuts and nutmeg. Ginger and oak round out the palate.
The finish is fairly long, honeysweet with a warm, spicy end.
Not a very complex bourbon. But damn, so sweet! I do not find the higher alcohol content (as opposed to the 81 Proof) an advantage. It is just a tad better on the palate, though.