This is an NAS expression but according to the press release it was aged for 6 years in new oak and finished for 2 additional years in a port wine cask. It’s bottled at 44.45% ABV.
Nose: Prominent sawdust/young oak with grape jello, cherry cough drops, and french vanilla. Port comes through but in a weird artificial sweetened kind of way.
Palate: Fruit punch and vanilla frosted cupcakes with light brown sugar and charred oak.
Finish: Dries out with the heat coming up a bit with a spicy port profile.
Rating: 79/100 – Port finishes can be hard to do well on bourbon – this one comes off a bit odd at times due to the clash of already sweet bourbon with a fruity port profile.
Value for the money: I bought a bottle of this for $35 before trying the sample. I don’t regret the purchase, but I won’t be buying another.