This bourbon is touted by many reviewers as one of better American made whiskies without an age statement as well as one of the best bourbons in general under the $50 price point. Towards the beginning of the year I grabbed a bottle and after sipping on some over the last few months I'd like to share my thoughts.
The nose is a bit sharp with the alcohol giving way to a pleasant caramel and cotton candied wood sensation. A hint of aggressive woody tannin is detectable but overall it comes across as integrated sweet and inviting. Sipping produces a big corn sweetness that is quickly cut into by sharp yet refined oak character that lingers and tends towards sugary almond flavor which lingers on the finish. This is surprisingly approachable at 100 proof when served neat. No drops of water needed here, just have at it.
So there you have it, a very impressive bourbon with some complexity you come to expect from long matured whiskeys at a higher price point. Really happy that we stocked up on this recently. Keep this one in mind next time you are shopping bourbon or whiskey in general.