The delightful bouquet offers potent tobacco ash, paraffin, sweet oak and grain kernel. The palate entry has spirity warmth and tastes of cigarette tobacco, light honey and cereal grain; midpalate texture is creamy and deliciously sooty. Finishes buttery, spirity and clean.
90-95 points, Wine Enthusiast (Aug 2007)
Rich amber color. Bold aromas of nuts, buttercream, peach marmalade, and pepper jelly on pound cake with a chewy, slightly tannic fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a spicy oak, dried fruit, and creme brulee finish. Great complexity and a fine Tennessee sipper.
93 points, Beverage Testing Institute (Feb 2012)
The most brooding of the three. Not as polished as the Barrel Select, but certainly very entertaining. Shows more depth that the No. 8, with more dry oak intensity and more heft. Notes of dried spices, dark chocolate, cocoa, and charcoal balance the citrus, currant, caramel, and vanilla. A very good sipping whisky for under $20.
89 points, Whisky Advocate (Vol. 15, #4)