Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 98.6 proof / 49.3% ABV
When we got our hands on a couple of bottles of Blood Oath Pact 3 earlier this year, we didn’t think we’d run into a Pact 2 anytime to compare it to. So imagine my surprise scanning over the random bottles of booze behind the bar at the local pizzeria to see this. I had to give it a try and see how it compared to it’s latest iteration, even at $20 a pour.
A complex combo of delicate vanilla, banana cream pie, and solid oak.
Lighter in color to the Pact 3, short to medium length legs.
It was packing more heat than I expected for 98 proof. First flavor to emerge on the palate was light touch of caramel, a little leather, and supple oak. After adding a tiny splash of water, it released more caramel and citrus, with a bit of bubble gum and soft wheated edges. It was very smooth with a light burn, but the finish didn’t last long—fading into a peppery afterburn. It was most impressive for it’s smoothness and light honey flavor. This pact made me think zen thoughts, rather than the bolder big cabernet notes of #3. The bottle says it was “finished in port barrels for a velvety sweet good bye.” We definitely got the velvety smoothness, but missed any hint of the port. Overall, it was a pretty stiff price for a moderately good pour in an excellently designed package.