Review #473 – Bond & Lillard, Whiskey Barons Batch 1
Review #473 | /r/Bourbon Review #273 – Bond & Lillard, Whiskey Barons Batch 1
The Schtick: Like Old Ripy, but different. It’s been beat to death by now, for sure. This is batch 1 of the “Whiskey Barons” Bond and Lillard product. Charcoal filtered WT distillate, bottled at a respectable 50%. It’s also bottled in 375 ml offerings but priced like expensive 750’s. The word “Limited Edition” is also tossed around a fair bit, even though there are 100 of these on every shelf near me. Good ol, Campari.
Distiller: Wild Turkey
Bottler: Campari / “Whiskey Barons”
ABV: 50% ABV
Source: Bottle, purchased
Nose: Clove, caramel. Overripe banana, walnuts, and a “green” note. It smells very young to me, with some interesting notes I pick up in much younger, often craft, whiskeys.
Taste: Thin with some heat. At 50% though, some heat is almost certainly present – although I was hoping for a little more richness. Sweet cocoa, cracked black pepper, some cloves. Not much sweetness from the nose is present here – it’s definitely spice heavy.
Finish: Short, with some odd young funk, and a bit of heat. Peppery clove, allspice and faint sweetness are present.
Overall: Overall, this is fairly disappointing. Enjoying this over the course of the bottle, not a lot changed. I hoped the youthful notes would go away, but they remained. I hoped some sweetness would develop to offset the heat and spice – that didn’t happen. It’s not terrible whiskey, but I’d take 101 over this any day. I’d also easily choose Buffalo Trace (my baseline) against this any day. We’re in a day and age when what’s in the bottle needs to stand up to other shelf competitors. Flashy packaging can’t cover the flaws in this bottle, and the price it sits at is almost insulting. Campari, I know you can do better, even if you don’t have to. I know this bottle basically sells itself thanks to your marketing giant, but you haven’t won over this guy. Stick to letting the Russell’s do what they do best – make great product.
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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 | Insurpassable | No better exists