Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon
Peggy Noe Stevens
Nose: Blackcurrants and traditional caramel. Dried fruit and macaroons. Charismatic cigar box aroma. Black cherry and clove.
Palate: Full earthy flavors of oak, then caramel, black currants and clove.
Finish: Generous tannins and mouthfeel that has a fumed-oak flavor that heats up nicely. Aftertaste goes on and on.
Comments: Assertively chewy and rich on the earth notes. Would LOVE this with a great cigar, too.
Nose: Waves of caramel, joined by grain. Water does little to unlock other aromas that might be lurking.
Palate: The caramel gets an assist from some peaches and cinnamon. Nutty oak vies with caramel for the top spot.
Finish: Stops almost before it starts, leaving a slight rack of light peppercorns behind.
Comments: Use an ice cube, which will aid the release and mingling of flavors. Water helps, too.
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