Black Extra-Aged Bourbon
Peggy Noe Stevens – 7.5
Nose: Butterscotch and light brown sugar with a whip of golden raisin. Herbal and distinct with white pepper. Golden syrup and butter brickle.
Palate: Biscuit and marmalade citrus notes. Apricot and toffee with light brown sugar and a touch of paprika. Some hints of tobacco and pipe smoke too.
Finish: Pleasant, but could be fuller.
Comment: With the added citrus note, this would make a good whiskey sour.
Susan Reigler – 7.5
Nose: Initial notes of anise, cinnamon, ripe pears, and vanilla gradually give way to some dry, toasted grain aromas as some soft spices emerge.
Palate: More caramel than vanilla in the mouth, with full, not precisely rich mouthfeel.
Finish: Quite spicy, drying to sweet, rather than tannic, oak. Lingers a bit for the proof, but still on the short side.
Comment: The nose was the most complex aspect of this whiskey. Time in the glass sweetens and softens.