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Red River

This is a Texas bourbon finished in Pinot Noir red wine casks at the Western Son distillery in Pilot Point Texas.  If you haven't heard of Pilot Point, dont worry about it,  neither had I and I have lived and / or worked in Texas for over quarter of a century!  The nose has some red berry fruits and sweet port wine along with the usual suspects of corn and sawdust.  The taste is smooth on palate with some oak, brown sugar and cola.  The finish has white pepper, green oak and ends with drying wine notes.  It's good... but for me this 42.1% ABV expression misses the fruit from the nose in the taste and finish that would help balance out the bitter / oaky notes of the finish.

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  • Friday, 15 March 2013 23:51

    Tennessee: The Perfect Birthday Gift

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    What do you give the man who has everything (well everything he wants) for his birthday?  If you are my wife you allow him to take his family to Tennessee for his birthday / spring break and visit both of the major distilleries working today.  Below are the links to my distillery tour notes and I have to say while Tennessee whisky has largely failed to impress me to date, I think that is changing now.  Some of Dickel products in particular impressed and I will post some tasting notes shortly. 

     

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/537-george-dickel-cascade-hollow-tennessee

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/536-the-jack-daniel-distillery-lynchburg-tennessee

     

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    This was one of those great surprises that makes trying new whisky so much fun.  Peering across the bar of a hotel in France I saw this sitting on the back shelf (I like to think forgotten and unloved) and ordered one.  I was really glad I did.  The nose was dominated by sherry, fruits and a little malt as well.  The taste had lots of toffee and milk chocolate and was very smooth.  I wrote down "like eating a Rolo while sniffing sherry".  There was also some familiar sherried whisky spices.  The finish was (as you might expect) drying and even slightly disapointing.  The dry oakiness turned almost bitter, like the more acrid smoke notes from a bonfire.  Not sure I would ever buy a bottle but will definately help you drink yours if you decide to buy one.