DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the distiller. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.
Color: Dark Amber
Nose: Corn, Pepper, Vanilla, Citrus, Caramel, Oak, and a hint of New Make
Taste: Sweet Corn, Black Pepper, Grapefruit, Vanilla, Buttered Popcorn, and Oak
Finish: Short Peppery Finish
The Black Reserve is the best out of the three that we have recieved from Cleveland. It is a shade darker that “the 87”, and bottled at 100 proof. The nose was nice, but it did have a bit of that new make smell at first. That dissipated quickly by just letting it air for a couple minutes. It has all the typical smells that I look for when nosing bourbon. Nothing that reallystood out, but nothing missing either.
The first sip was a tad sweet in the beginning, but mellowed out quickly and let the rest of the flavors come up. The surprise with this one was the sweet grapefruit. The citrus was there in the nose, but I was expecting oranges or maybe tangerine. I think the main difference between this and “The 87” is the amount of dilution. The 87, so named because it is bottled at 87 proof seems to be watered down, where this is a bit more robust. I’d really like to see Cleveland put out a “barrel proof”. I feel that the dilution of their alcohol takes away from it.
This is where this bottle was drug down.The finish is lackluster. It is short and peppery, with just a small kick. I was hoping for a little more of a lingering finish.
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