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.