This is one of ten single barrel expressions that were part of the Icons of Whiskey release from a year or two ago where Jim Rutledge picked some barrels for their best retailers. This is an OESK bottled at 9 years/4 months at 57.4% ABV.
Nose: Strawberry cream, vanilla ice cream, watermelon, pine trees, dried thyme, subtle oak.
Palate: Ripe strawberries topped with whip cream, heavy vanilla, dried herbs again, and a fresh oak. Very similar to nose which makes for a nice transition.
Finish: Changes up where with some mint and leather added to the oak with a bit of banana.
Rating: 89/100 – A very good FR Single Barrel.
Value for the money: I’d gladly pay retail for this same bottle ($65 or so), but it’s not worth any more than that on secondary to me. After you’ve had so many FR barrel picks, the bell curve of quality is so tight, that it’s not worth more than any other in my mind.