Mystery Bourbon Review

This was a sample sent to me that I reviewed blind.

Nose: Hmmm definitely a bourbon – quite sweet with loads of vanilla and a surprising amount of dark fruit. Smells wheated to me – some cloves, licorice, and gingerbread.

Palate: Quite sweet up front before turning rather oak heavy – again seems wheated as there are some overarching sweeter grain notes in there. Less fruity here, but still lots of vanilla and spices.

Finish: Turning more oaky and bitter as the tannins linger.

Rating: 88/100 – Pretty nice, but becomes a bit too oak heavy on the back half for me.

Guess: I’d guess this is around 15 years with an ABV between 45-50% – tastes wheated, but can’t think of much wheated that fits my other criteria.

Reveal:  It’s an 11 year SAOS Single Barrel from the Wine & Cheese Place bottled at 48.5% ABV. I guess I was off with the aging, but this certainly tastes older than 11 years.

Value for the money: I think this retailed around $50 based on what I found online, and I’d be happy to buy one at that price.

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