This was the second batch of Kenwood SAOS bourbon picks. It’s an 8 year bourbon bottled at 62.1% ABV.
Nose: Trio of oak, vanilla, and cherries. New leather and damp cardboard chase those initial notes.
Palate: Fairly hot amplified by intense oak – way more than I’d expect for an 8 year. A hint of vanilla with some charcoal.
Finish: Spicy and the heat from the palate intensifies. Lots of oak with a bit of butterscotch and strawberry.
Rating: 84/100 – A good SAOS (assuming MGP distillate) but a tad oak heavy for me.
Value for the money: At retail, these SAOS picks are usually a good buy around $50 or so. These Kenwoods were a bit more sought after, but I wouldnt’ pay anything over retail for this one.