Very well produced and aged, this has a smoothness rarely seen in releases from this category.
12 Years Old Bourbon From Floor #5
Year of Bottling
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Venison with cranberries, menthol, builder’s tea; this is a more developed nose than most whiskies in its class.
Palate: Velvety soft, this is an ultra-relaxing dram, with blackcurrant, vanilla and a touch of kiwi. Very complex.
Finish: Some spices to give a dry finish; a hint of vanilla and blood orange.
Comment: Very well produced and aged, this has a smoothness rarely seen in releases from this category.
Nose: Intense, brittle, peppery rye spices. Hints of Seville orange; marmalade to begin with, then perfumed oak. The rye is stunning and with time an earthy note appears with dusty, cocoa powder tannins and Colombian coffee.
Palate: Also opens with light, herbal and brittle rye spices. Mocha and bitter oak follow. Drying towards the middle with those herbal notes building in intensity.
Finish: Good length with the herbal rye lingering; the oak gently bittering.
Comment: The clarity of the rye is absolutely stunning. If it turns out that there’s no rye here then I’m a Dutchman!
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