Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey | 750 ml.
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
95 pts.Wine Enthusiast: July, 2013
Golden and bright, this straight Bourbon whiskey is one of the most versatile around. Though it starts with a sweet flavor profile with hints of vanilla and cookie dough, it finishes supple and dry, with notes of leather, black tea and cinnamon. Bracing alcohol levels.
93 pts.The Tasting Panel (Anthony Dias Blue): June 30, 2011
Medium amber color; smooth, clean rye nose; spicy, toasted and rich with mellow, dense biscuity flavors and a deep, lush finish; balanced, seamless and quite lovely.
93 pts. Beverage Testing Institute: January 26, 2010
Pure amber color. Aromas of buttery praline, honeyed dried cherries and figs, and creamy spiced cocoa follow through on a smooth, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with great depth and spicy fruitiness. Finishes with a long, generous, honeyed nut and grain fade. Delicious, elegant, and very mixable. Exceptional.
An intensely grainy bouquet. The palate entry is corny sweet and nearly honey-like; at midpalate the core flavor of sweet corn mash remains while tastes of buttered popcorn, brown sugar, and nougat expand. Finishes with a spurt of fire and lots of long, corny/grainy tastes. Should be part of every serious whiskey-lover’s collection.
90–95 pts. Wine Enthusiast: September, 2002
Initial nosings pick up soft, even flowery scents of violets and juniper; later whiffs identify melded aromas of dried herbs, hay, dry cereal, wild flowers, mushrooms and spice. Plenty of grip at palate entry; midpalate is plump and sweet corn-like. Finish is moderately sweet and long. An understated whiskey that subtly displays multiple levels of complexity. Best Buy.
87 pts.Whisky Advocate: Summer, 2013
Soft, elegant, and nicely rounded, with honeyed orchard fruit and gentle spice on a bed of vanilla and caramel. Very versatile; a pleasing, unchallenging bourbon to suit most moods and situations. I actually like it better than the new, older 10 year old expression (reviewed in this issue), because it is so beautifully balanced.
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal: March 1, 2006
The alluring autumnal gold/deep amber hue is blemished somewhat by infinitesimal black sediment. The first burst of smells includes rye toast, snack crackers and sautéed butter; further inhalations following seven more minutes of air contact keeps the aromatic direction on the drier end of the scale as the intense graininess takes command of the bouquet. The palate entry is remarkably savory, corny sweet and nearly honey-like; at the midpalate stage, the core flavor of sweet corn mash stays the course while no less attractive tastes of buttered popcorn, brown sugar, and nougat expand. Finishes with a spurt of fire and lots of long, corny/grainy tastes.