This golden spirit is often flagged by bartenders and sommeliers as a favorite; it’s easy to see why. A decade in Bourbon casks, plus an extra two years in Sauternes barriques yields a fresh honeysuckle and vanilla perfume and a super-smooth spirit with creamy honey and nut flavors, with hints of dark chocolate and cinnamon. Very few spirits have such elegance and silky finesse. Good value, too. *Top 50 Spirits of 2011* (KN)
Finished (extra-matured, as they are now saying) in Sauternes casks. This expression replaces the Madeira wood finish. Beautiful sweet notes of honeycomb, sultana, apple pie, and white chocolate balanced by peach, coconut, and pineapple. Gentle background spice. The Sauternes cask adds extra weight and viscosity. The sweetness is not cloying, nor does it dominate the flavor profile. A good demonstration of the benefits of wood finishing. (JH, Summer 2008)
Hop aboard the flavor train with this classic. The nose starts with vanilla from the Bourbon wood, but the Sauternes wood used to finish the whisky soon asserts itself with pear, berries and honey. The fruit expands on the palate, with apple and raisin joined by toffee and chocolate. The beautifully balanced finish features fruit, honey, licorice and nuts. Non-chill filtered.
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