On the docket: Barrell Bourbon Cask Strength Batch 008b
Notes: Aged for 10 years in American white oak barrels
Mash bill: 70% corn, 25% rye, 5% malted barley
Poured neat into: Wine & Whiskey Country snifter
S: Clear, golden-orange body. Leggy- it should be at 128.3 proof!
A: Orange zest, spice, vanilla beans. A slightly green and fruity ester, perhaps from the chosen yeast strain. Even when given moments to breathe, the complex alcohols are still very present.
T: Mineral, caramel sweetness, hint of baker’s chocolate, expressive warming alcohol. A bit of spice courtesy of the rye.
F: Full, oily, earthy. Very long finish.
With a drop of water: A drop or two of cold, filtered water does an admirable job of taming this colossus of this cask strength bourbon. Warming alcohol is still present, albeit in a sledge hammer-wrapped-in-velvet sort of way. The corn component is more easily blended with the rye and caramel sweetness.
O: Cask Strength Bourbon for cask strength enthusiasts. Even with a rest of 10 years, this beauty still has plenty of life.
Suggested cigar pairing: Arturo Fuente Don Carlos, other similar, full-bodied cigars