Sapling Maple Bourbon
Saxtons River Distillery
Peggy Noe Stevens – 7.3
Nose: Baked apple pie and syrup. Cinnamon brioche. Decadent streaks of smoke that support the wood sugar.
Palate: Yards of sweet brown sugar and vanilla. Spice notes border paprika. Pear and golden apple rise a bit after drops of water.
Finish: Coats the tongue with the brown sugar and smoke, somewhat short finish.
Comment: Sweet flavor is powerful and for the Bourbon drinker who likes a heavy brown sugar cube in their Old- Fashioned.
Susan Reigler – 7.0
Nose: Toffee brittle with brown sugar and some maple syrup.
Palate: The toffee turns into a burnt caramel with raisins and black currants and a very strong note of maple.
Finish: The finish is maple all the way. It coats the tongue and throat. Very sweet.
Comment: Breakfast whiskey. Have a shot with your pancakes and bacon. Some will love it. But there’s no complexity. Also, at this proof, it should not be labelled “Bourbon.”