Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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.