Issue Five Peggy Noe Stevens Susan Reigler Tastings

KO – Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon Whiskey
KO Distilling

Proof: 90
ABV: 45%
Style: Bourbon
State: VA
Price: $$

Peggy Noe Stevens – 8.6

Nose: Smokey embers and a touch of cedar wood. Herbal swirls of mint and sage. Yeasty with sweet dried cherries. Overtones of ginger and vanilla bean. 

Palate: Toasted grain over a campfire with ample proportions of vanilla and caramel. Clove sneaks in the back of the tongue but does not overpower the creamy oak essence. 

Finish: Flavors on the palate hold to the finish and delightfully linger. 

Comment: Nice deep structure that holds its complexity on the finish. 

Susan Reigler – 8.2

Nose: Roasted corn, apples, and nuts with a dash of nutmeg all appear at the outset. 

Palate: Sweet and spicy in the mouth with some nutmeg, allspice, and brown sugar. Vanilla predominates with a little milk chocolate and a good round nuttiness. 

Finish: Maintains its sweetness for a long time before gradually drying to light oak with a whisper of ripe fruit. 

Comment: Very good neat, but don’t hesitate to add an ice cube, which brings out some more of the fruit.


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