Whiskey Network Review #178 | /r/Bourbon Review #96: Ancient Age Bottled in Bond (1993)
Distiller: Ancient Age
Bottler: Ancient Age
ABV: 50% ABV
Nose: Funky cornbread, sweet confectioners sugar. Pine and some light oak and ethanol. Butterscotch.
Taste: “Sweet syrupy goodness”. Direct quote from notes. Different than the nose – there’s no hint of ethanol at all here. Sweet and buttery. This is great.
Finish: Medium with no heat. Sweet and one dimensional but it’s the dimension I love. Confectioners sugar, faint peanut brittle and a lot of caramel.
Overall: Well above average. For a dram I know absolutely nothing about, I was really very impressed. It’s a BIB which many of you know I really love to dote on and the quality really shines. It’s also cool that it is from 93. As far as rating goes, I’m giving this a 7. Most BiB products are good but not exceptional. This one isn’t exceptional either, but it is more than a cut above the rest. With a rating of 7, this guy sits in a loft bracket accompanied by the likes of Four Roses Single Barrel, SAOS 8/9yr Single Barrel Picks and Henry McKenna Single Barrel 10yr Bottled in Bond.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect