This is a well aged, cask strength bourbon that exists as part of the exclusive set of Antique Collection releases that drop from Buffalo Trace every fall. This is a 15 year old bourbon, released as a marriage of 309 barrels that were hand picked by Buffalo Trace staff. As we draw upon the fall hunt season, I found myself finishing this bottle from last year’s release and figured that Bourbon review #500 made for a good case to finish off the bottle, and my note taking.
Review #957 | Scotch Review #320 – Bunnahabhain 13yr Marsala Finish Limited Edition The Schtick: This is an older limited edition hailing from Bunnahabhain that was finished in Marsala casks before being bottled. Distiller: Bunnahabhain Bottler: Bunnahabhain ABV: 46.3% ABV Age: 13 Years Nose: Honey, rich syrupy fruits. Less overstated than the PX, which is nice. Lots of apple, pear, raspberry, …
This was a bottle that I tried blind and was reviewed live.
Redemption is a NDP using MGP/LDi distillate to fuel their various bourbon and rye releases.
This is a independent bottler release of spirit distilled at Glen Scotia and bottled by Samaroli. It was aged for 21 years in sherry cask, and bottled with no coloring and filtering.
Four Roses releases single barrels of a specific recipe at cask strength as their private pick program. This is one of the best values in cask strength bourbon that heralds quality and availability, in my personal opinion. This particular barrel was selected in a collaboration by Tippin’s Market and the Greater Detroit American Whiskey Society in Michigan and features the OESF mashbill which uses 20% rye.
This is my first brush with a Mannochmore expression. It is bottled by Gordon & MacPhail after being selected by Bounty Hunter Wine in Napa, California. It is aged in sherry casks and bottled at cask strength without coloring or filtering.
For those of you that don’t know of, or haven’t heard of Mannochmore, that’s alright. I hadn’t until I bought this. Mannochmore was founded in 1971 by Haig & Co and produced spirit until 1985 when it was shuttered for 7 years. After several years of producing grain whiskey, it produced its first single malt in 1992. This expression was distilled in 1994, so shortly after their malt beginnings.
This is a single grain whiskey that is 6 years old and finished in a Burgundy cask. No timeline for the length of the finish.
“The years on each of the HYDE expressions are significant dates in Irish history that are directly associated with President Douglas Hyde:
Howdy, all. This is sort of a fun review that’s near and dear to my heart. I make it a point to work on targeted blending, and spend a lot of time trying to understand how to generate blends that are both good, and on profile for certain projects. This was a tinker I worked on that I put in the “this could go so well, or so bad” category, and after marrying period, I realized I was quite fond of it. I’ve been drinking through it over a couple months and wanted to give it a review. I don’t intend to score it, because I don’t think reviewing and scoring something I had a hand in solely picking or creating makes a lot of sense, additionally because it is not sold. I think it’s still valuable to talk about it, so I will remark more on what I learned and whether I think it was a success or a failure overall, rather than a concrete ranking.
This is a single grain whiskey that is 6 years old and matured in an ex-bourbon cask.
HYDE Single Grain Irish whiskey is made from Corn grain on a continuous three Colum copper still. It is triple distilled, non-blended, pure grain whiskey from one distillery source.”
This is from a cask at Laphroaig’s Distillery that was hand filled. It was bottled in 2018 after being distilled and barreled in 2006 and spent the entirety of its life in an ex-bourbon cask. It is bottled at cask strength, with no coloring or filtering. It was aged in warehouse 8. Due to the cask number, Laphroaig refers to this cask as the Devil’s Cask, which makes this the Devil’s Dram.