Blood Oath Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey: Pact No. 3
Finished in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels
49.3% Acc/Vol, 98.6 Proof
We wholeheartedly applaud the rapidly growing practice of taking good whiskeys and making them even better by extra aging in various barrels, imparting new and adventurous flavors. The first time we discovered this trend was with the Balvenie Double Wood, and then the Belle Meade Sherry Cask. Of course it’s a marketing gimmick to double the price get more value out of the increasingly stressed whiskey inventory. Blood Oath very limited releases are all of these things, and more. The branded wooden box and antique bottle shape are some the best bourbon gimmicks since Maker’s started dipping the lid in wax. Whiskey has always been a world where great marketing and great product go hand in hand.
The golden hue of the bourbon actually looks like it’s been tinged with a drop or two of blood in some mysterious, diabolical rite of passage. The visual cues lead into a nose that smells sweet like candy, with a hint of rosewater. Blood Oath Pact 3 went down very smooth, with a luscious mouth feel and viscosity showing off great legs in the glass. Wine lovers will definitely appreciate the strong overtones of good cabernet, without overwhelming the traditional bourbon notes of cinnamon and brown sugar, with a little cherry and orange and strong kick on the back end as it goes down. We’re definitely on board with this oath and look forward to trying each new expression. Count us in as blood brothers.
We found it hidden in the back room of one of our regular shops for around $120. A bit steep, but worth it for the unique, one-of-kind experience.