||Virgin Charred Oak; 12 Yrs|
||~70% Corn; 16% Wheat; 14% Malted Barley|
|Distiller||Buffalo Trace (Frankfort, Kentucky)|
This is about as big as you can get with a wheated bourbon - cask strength, oaky, and nearly 70%. Consistently terrific.
Batch: 2015 (67.3%)
Bottling Code: B152301238K
Bottling Date: 2015
This is woody! Lots of char and caramel on the nose - a bit of a reatrained nose, at first - even diluted. Creamy, candied, spicy....fennel root, stewed apples, caramelized vegetables, tobacco, oily, candle wax - quite dark, really. Very lightly floral - like light jasmine - I was expecting something in the Weller 12 category but this is quite different...
The palate is thick, sweet, and incredibly earthy - the mossy oak sort of earthiness - i love this bit. A touch of dill, and full of rich toffee and old, leathery dried apricot. The finish has a bit of mint and loads of creamy caramel and dried apricot and stewed prune. Huge, sweet, finish. Really earthy - oaky,
It's one that begs me to be slipped slow and savour - it is nice when the whisky you are tasting takes the reins. Really nice.
I prefer it with a bit of water in it to the mid-high 50 percent range. More complexity is revealed
Exceptional (3% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date receive this, my highest recommendation).
Value: High (based on $130)