Selected from a limited collection of well-seasoned barrels, this rare 13-year-old Bourbon is hand-blended in very small batches. Bottled at cask strength, Cinder & Smoke retains the full essence of flavor that only comes with time. The Angels carried most of the spirit away… The rest is yours. There is no doubt that this is a quality distillate that has really benefited from 13 years in oak. At times the oak is a little dominant, but overall there is a nice balance of flavors that really work well together from nose to finish. The mouthfeel was also very pleasant and leaves you longing for another sip!
Appearance – orange amber. Slow, thick legs formed in the glass.
Nose – a slight dose of ethanol and some hay initially greet you on the nose. However, some sweet corn notes develop and usher in plenty of traditional caramel, vanilla, and baking spice, with soft oak undertones. The nose is really quite pleasant and continues to get better with time, with the rich sweet notes really taking over.
Palate – on the palate, oak and a touch of grain start things off. The oak is quite dominant but it is quickly balanced with plenty of rich caramel sweetness, a touch of baking spice, and some soft black pepper that begins to develop mid-palate. Overall, the palate is well-balanced and flavorful.
Finish – the finish is medium-long with a nice, thick viscosity. The spice really lingers mid-palate, along with some oak char, some toasted grain, baking spice, and just a touch of vanilla and dried citrus peel.