I reviewed last year’s (2015) Oklahoma Edition, and didn’t think much of it. So, I’m going to give this year’s a try with an open mind. I had this one sitting around for a bit, and am getting off my lazy ass to actually review something!
Last year’s barrel was #1, location Warehouse L.
This year’s barrel is #2? location floor 7, Warehouse J.
Location: Shively, KY
Mash bill: 72% corn/18% rye/10% barely
ABV: 45% (90 proof)
Color: Golden Blonde
Nose: Cherry, raspberry, maple syrup, oak, some sort of artificial candy smell, like a fruit roll up almost.
Taste: Dryer than expected, I was expecting it to be sweeter with that nose. There is a bitter white sugar flavor, tobacco, bitter cherry, some other bitter fruit I can’t pinpoint, and a little bit of caramel and vanilla.
Finish: Medium finish that doesn’t linger around for too long, leaves your throat slightly warm with a fairly dry, bitterness on your tongue.
Overall: I’m thoroughly enjoying this Bourbon, the balance of sweet/dry is pretty nice, it leans closer to the dry, bitter side more for me, but I’m liking that in this moment. It drinks pretty easy, has a thinner mouthfeel than I enjoy, but overall very enjoyable. I could see myself grabbing this one to sip fairly often, though not as much at that 1920, noms.
Last year’s was $20, this year’s $30, if next year is $40, I’m going to be pissed. I don’t mind paying $30 for this, but $40 would be too much. I do enjoy the new bottle design though, much better than the old one. The new bottles look pretty classy all in a row.