I had tasted this whisky before at a party in New Orleans, but, of course, didn’t go sit in a corner and make notes on it. Actually, I’m pretty certain I drank it in one.
Anyway, fast forward to a series of blind samples I was gifted and here we are.
The only information I had was that one of the three samples was an old Linkwood. It took longer than it should have, but I realised that this wasn’t Scotch after a few minutes with it.
Nose: I got red apple and spice at first. Kinda leathery and musty. Something grainy too, but becomes more raw with some basic alcohol. Becomes more Bourbon-like with corn as it opens up.
Taste: Soft and oily at first, building with grain and red apple, some cheap spice, cheap perfume and oak, leather.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Bourbon levels of oak here, more raw again, quite drying.
Didn't recognise this as American straight away but I think it might be.
Guess: A bourbon? Four Roses maybe?
Reveal: Mellow Corn BIB 50%
…WTF? Very glad I pegged this as an American whiskey considering it's matured in refill casks. I was thrown off there for the first minute or two! But the finish definitely gives it away. I really enjoyed this, especially the mouthfeel when I first poured it but it started becoming harsher and more Bourbon-like as it opened up. But then, the fact that this is selling for $12 is stupid.
Thanks for reading!
American Review #68
Whisky Network Review #1007
Network Average: 75.2
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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