Dark Horse

Reserve Bourbon

ABV 44.5%
REVIEWED Issue 119
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Brand: Dark Horse
Expression: Reserve Bourbon
Type: USA Whisky / Bourbon
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 44.5%
Country/Region: USA
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: A very chlorinated nose of burnt, rye-like spices, warm milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate. The oak is pretty chunky and almost monolithic in character.
Palate: Milk and dark chocolate along with treacle and succulent if a little dry oak. The rye-like spices are initially buried but come through on the middle brining an intensity of herbal, green wood and spice notes.
Finish: Long and supple with the toasted oak vanillins lingering along with the green spices. Lovely intensity and again fairly drying.
Comment: A take no prisoners Bourbon with a fairly high rye content.
Taster   Annabel Meikle
Nose: Warm cowhide and chamois leather, cow gum. Ginger biscuit dunked in coffee. Dried cinnamon stick and baharat spice - a blend of clove, nutmeg, paprika and cardamom.
Palate: A bitterness of quinine and green tea. Damp tobacco and then cheroots. Water made the green tea too bitter for me - like fresh pine sap.
Finish: The bitterness overtakes, then becomes buttery.
Comment: I could see this in a cocktail to counter the sharpness with some sweetness.
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