Price: $80 for 750ml
Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Castle Brands
Aged For: 6 years
Cask Type: New charred oak, finished in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels from Groth vineyards
Chill Filtered: Unknown
Drank: Neat, in a glencairn
Color: Dark Copper
Nose: The smell of the cask is apparent with the wine coming through. Lots of citrus and fruit. Oak chips, caramel, extremely sugary and sweet, but not in the traditional bourbon way.
Taste: Vanilla and pancakes with maple syrup. Yeasty bread and sugar. Hints of orange and cherry.
Finish: Medium length and warmth. A bit of the groth reappears and gives it a funky sort of finish as it melds with the caramel and pancakes.
Thoughts: It was alright, but nowhere near the “best”. I did get a free drink of Jefferson’s small batch with it I suppose. Overpriced nonsense! I bet it would taste better if they aged the barrels in reduced-gravity aircraft simulating freefall to give the liquid maximum exposure to the wood!
Score: 78 out of 100