This bottle smells meaty. Like a saucy Salisbury steak. Lots of complexity and depth. A nice subtle sweet mint. Not those crazy mints that are so inte Read Morense and make your eyes water. Like an Andes chocolate mint. No ethanol.
Oh man this drinks so well. I get a wave of freshness from the mint but not overwhelming. I’m not crazy about ryes but this drinks really close to a bourbon so it’s the best of both worlds. I get milk chocolate up front and Andes chocolate mint on the middle and back end of palate. Good mouthfeel with a medium to long finish. I would think this is 110-115 proof not 130+. The flavor to heat ratio is unreal in this bottle and those are my favorite high proof pours, the pours that are higher proof but not hot for heat’s sake. Read Less
This is a hard nose to pin down. It’s delicate on the nose and I get a mix of oaky sweetness with grape and dark fruit. Super well balanced. This bo Read Morettle is such a treat to have. This bottle makes me think of a master at his craft, a professional.
No red Ferrari or old Honda accord with a loud muffler. A black luxury sedan. No crazy diamond crusted watch or a plastic timex, a minimalist Rolex or Omega. No explosions of flavor or thin mediocrity, perfectly balanced.
I want to drink this all day every day. Medium to long finish and such a pleasant oak flavor. Heaven Hill 7 is actually in the same ballpark of flavors if you’re looking for something close ish. Or I should say same sport but different leagues. Read Less
Stagg (Jr) is a firecracker of a pour. Even nosing this is enough to wake you up. Like a smelling salt, you get a rush of flavor and it hits you in th Read Moree face.
Strong powerful sugar-y Concord grapes. Coats mouth instantly in a big fireball of flavor and heat. This drinks like an untamed bull. Just a small sip contains enough flavor to keep me entertained for a while. This pour normally lasts me about an hour. Read Less
This is my first of the Penelope lineup. Architect no. 6, French oak finished. I had seen and read so many reviews for it. I was a little nervous to b Read Moreuy it at first in case it was too oaky. I am very pleasantly pleased with this first go around.
On the nose I’m getting brown sugar, raisins, pecan pie filling (minus the pecans), and either Dr. Pepper or Coke vibes.
For taste the brown sugar and raisins still carry through. There is some sweetness that lingers nicely which balances with the light oak from the French finish so it’s not overwhelming at all on the wood notes. It’s really very nice to me. I’m really enjoying it. Read Less
Holiday season is here so this month is all about treating myself to that good good! M10 tonight to start December and holy cow I am so impressed with Read More this bourbon. So much flavor bursting out of the glass. It makes my mouth water nosing this. So much flavor for 94 proof. Sweet caramelized oak and tobacco. Like smelling a bag of brown sugar inside a nice tobacco store humidor.
Oh man this bottle is so balanced. From the moment it hits my palate all the way to end it just shoots right down the middle. Smooth, if you will. Balanced sweet oak, leather and I’m getting orange/tangerine towards the end and the finish. Very pleasant. The finish is very unique. I want to say short because normally the finish lasts toward the back of my mouth but the finish actually lasts in the front palate and it’s medium almost medium to long. No Kentucky hugs here, and that may be a positive or negative for some people. I could drink this all day! Read Less