High West American Prairie Bourbon (Ace Spirits Quady Orange Muscat Finish) Review

This is a private selection of High West’s American Prairie Bourbon by Ace Spirits. It was finished in Quady orange muscat barrels for 2.5 years and bottled at 49.9% ABV.

Nose: Super sweet up front with loads of brown sugar speckled with orange zest. Sourdough notes emerge as it turns a bit yeasty with vanilla extract and a hint of lilac.

Palate: Quite sweet with young oak notes springing up on entry. Orange rind is strong with lots of brown sugar and butterscotch. Turns a bit salty after a bit – some rye notes appear toward the back of the palate after the sweetness fades a bit.

Finish: Butterscotch and orange liqueur notes linger.

Rating: 82/100 – Rather sweet, but the orange muscat definitely shows up which makes for an interesting bourbon profile.

Value for the money: Guessing these retailed around $60-70, and I’d probably pass at that price point.

Four Roses Single Barrel OESO (Ace Spirits Selection) Review

This is a Four Roses OESO single barrel selected by Ace Spirits. It was aged for 12 years and bottled at 55.5% ABV.

Nose: Fruit punch weighted toward grape juice. Pineapples, green apple, subtle aged oak, and cinnamon.

Palate: Apple juice turning bitter after a few seconds. New oak with nutty notes.

Finish: Dry & herbal and relatively short.

Rating: 81/100 – If only the rest of it lived up to the nose…

Value for the money: These barrel picks usually range between $50-$60 and are some of the best buys in bourbon currently. I wouldn’t buy this particular bottle again though.