This is a nine-year-old Bourbon finished for 19 months in barrels that previously held Phifer Pavitt Cabernet Sauvignon. The end result is a nut-brown hue and espresso-tinged aroma. The palate opens fiery but flavorful, echoing that espresso note and layered with dried cherry, mocha, and a distinct orange peel tone on the exhale.
93 points, Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast (Jul 2020)
Aromas of oak, dried fruit, and horse saddle set up for a sucker punch of leather boxing glove from this big and brawny bourbon. But it also dances with grace, tickling the tongue with sweet spices, dark bitter chocolate, and wisps of tobacco. Intriguing notes of horehound, cocoa-dusted almonds, and baked apples are lip-smacking good, and it handles water well, revealing ever more depth.
92 points, Jeffery Lindenmuth, Whisky Advocate (Fall 2019)