Issue Six Peggy Noe Stevens Recommended Susan Reigler Tastings

Maker’s Mark – 101 Travelers Exclusive

Maker’s Mark
101 Travelers Exclusive 
Suntory Holdings LTD.

Proof: 101
ABV: 55%
Style: Bourbon
State: KY 
Price: $$$

Peggy Noe Stevens – 9.0 

Nose: Warm cherry-caramel structure with soft floral frame. Nice oak overtures and leather for an earthy reveal. White pepper and cardamom. Corn pudding and Crème Brûlée topping.

Palate: Candied dates and stone fruit with rich dark chocolate and caramel. Welcoming black pepper to heat the back end of the mouth.

Finish: Long, spice finish to the end that extinguishes eloquently.

Comment: My kind of Bourbon to drink, robust and polished.

Susan Reigler – 9.0 

Nose: Vanilla and either Crème Brûlée of toasted marshmallow, complemented by cherries and sweet almonds. Very aromatic without being hot. 

Palate: Rich vanilla, light caramel, some milk chocolate with a little honey and nuts. 

Finish: Does not quit. The complex flavors persist for a very long time before finally succumbing to bone dry oak and pepper.

Comment: Complex and beautifully balanced. Add only a drop or two of water.

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