42% alcohol/Vol 84 Proof
The first time a saw this bottle behind a bar in Savannah, Georgia I thought damn it looked cool. I was immediately drawn to the label and branding (the antique razor hinting that this pour has a splash of danger with it). I asked the bartender if it was local, and she laughed and said far from it. This bourbon, as it turns out had been all over the country. This is a sourced and blended bourdon, coming from Kentucky and Tennessee. It’s a blend of 5, 7, and 8 years old and finished in Napa Valley in some aged Cabernet barrels. Considering how much it’s moved around and the higher age and finishing, I feel the $50 price point is relatively accessible. After a little research it appears this product is brought to us by the Splinter Group who specialize in blending. I’ve been lucky enough to taste both of their products and look forward to what they work on in the future.
The appearance is sherry auburn honey with medium legs.
The nose is maple brown sugar and orange peel. After letting it breathe for a minute, oak and red wine scents are faint in the aroma.
The initial taste is warm, smooth, and a little dry. The prominent flavors are orange, honey, and oak. Follow up tastes reveal toasted butterscotch and caramel. The finish is medium and dry, this is the primary time that the cabernet aging shows up. For people who like wine barrel aged bourbon, I think this is a wonderful bottle for $50. That being said wine barrel aged bourbon isn’t typically my favorite, but it’s still a delicious and interesting pour.