The name of this expression is a bit misleading as pretty much all bourbon uses a sour mash process in the distillation, but this particular expression used an atypical method essentially. It was a limited release from 2002 that was bottled at 50% ABV.
Nose: Very sweet with loads of corn up front. Oak is very subtle given it’s young age. Cinnamon, sugar cookies, vanilla, and brown sugar.
Palate: A plethora of spices appear including a heavy dose of anise which I rarely find in bourbon. Coriander and cloves combined with corn and oak with a hint of honey.
Finish: Pretty long and mostly sweet with some spices lingering.
Rating: 91/100 – A nice bottled-in-bond bourbon that has some great sweet and spicy combos going on.
Value for the money: These are ludicrously priced on the secondary – near $1,000. I’d be a consumer at $150 or less at retail.