DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the manufacturer. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.
Got to love the bottle it came in!
Color: Deep Copper almost burnished
Nose: Vanilla, Corn, Caramel Apple, Citrus, Clove, Spice, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, and Oak
Taste: Vanilla, Corn, Citrus, Spice, Cinnamon, and Oak
Finish: Long finish with hints of vanilla and oak. Little bit of Alcohol burn too
There are days when I really love my hobby. The day we got to try this was one of them. This is a blend of 3 different Bourbons, all at least 6 years old. The gentlemen at Whiskey Row seem to have it together. I am a bit of a purist, I prefer single barrels, single malts, and single grains. I love the differences you can get in character traits from these. It’s fun to grab two bottles of single barrel Bourbon and find the differences between them. For example, I have had a bottle that no other could touch, then bought another bottle I use to cook with. The best thing about blends, is that if they are done right they are a force to be reckoned with. Whiskey Row is going to be that force. It is one of the most balanced Bourbons I have had the pleasure of trying. The bad news for you guys and now me, since I am out. It isn’t available on the market yet that I can find.
The smells coming from the bottle alone are drool worthy. Once poured they get even better. It’s a all the smells you associate with Bourbon right there in one spot. They aren’t to hard to pull out, and they are married well. The nose is well balanced with out some of the more predominant smells you’d get from a single barrel.
The first sip was a surprise, I expected the same balance as the nose, but this was more of a progression. First the sweet, then grains, followed by fruit, spice and oak. The mouth feel is quite nice almost like warm honey. The flavors once they’ve greeted you settle together and blend nicely. The second sip is more balanced.
The finish is smooth and long. The finish is also where some of the balance falls away. I got a nice hit of vanilla and oak on the finish that really lasted. It was nice to get a hit of Oak with a tinge of vanilla. Just about right for a Bourbon. There’s a bit of a kick as well, not as much as I’d prefer, but not bad.
If you like extremely balanced Bourbons, this is the bottle for you. It is a well rounded bourbon that will satisfy most any Bourbon aficionado. I’d like to keep a bottle on hand myself. Something this well balanced makes it an easy choice for a sipper. I’d again like to thank Jeremy from Whiskey Row for the samples. Without guys like him….I’d have to wait for them to hit the shelves like you guys! Sorry had to have a little fun.
I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Review suggestions are welcome.
Until Next Time,