Rob Allanson – 8.5
Nose: Buttery hot cornbread with chilli infused honey notes. Long pepper and a cough syrup edge. BBQ pepper steak with a lovely plum sweetness.
Palate: Big sweetness up front, wonderful vanilla notes, then the sweetness of poached peaches in honey and apricot jam.
Finish: Dries on the sweetness of vanilla and white peaches.
Comments: Not huge or too punchy, shows lots of complexity though and represents a decent solid Bourbon.
Sam Coyne – 8.7
Nose: Cocoa powder, a little dusty and bitter. Oak spices, but then the embers of a bonfire.
Palate: Citrus and lots of it. Puckering. The peel of oranges and bitter lemons. Gets rounded out by sweetness of nutmeg, cinnamon and a smooth caramel.
Finish: Really long. Harbors more oak than the palate, but balances everything nicely.
Comments: Palate flavors are really well pronounced, but punctuated by the oak on the finish. A good go-to Bourbon.