Long Monday at work? Need to take the edge off while having dinner? Well we are now proudly serving Suntory Hibiki Harmony. But do remember please enjoy responsibly.
Using my new @denverandliely glass to try out this new @jeffersonsbourbon "Twin Oak" Bourbon! First off, I love this new glass. I generally use Glencairns but the wider mouth on this glass assists the bourbon to breathe much better and allows your nose in the glass whilst sipping. I find that the more delicate aromas of single malts are more enunciated with a smaller opening, but this really lets American bourbon and rye to really open up and cut down more on hot notes. This bottle is interesting; it has a sticker pronouncing it to be non chilled filtered, the straight bourbon is finished in a "twin oak custom barrel" and is then bottled at 90.2 proof. The staves are apparently flashed charred, toasted and grooved in order to allow the whisky to interact with the wood at a more rapid pace. The nose is a bit harsh at first but opens up to notes of marshmallow, stone fruit, oak, vanilla and some menthol. The palate follows suit with the nose but also has an interesting peach cobbler note along with some baking spice and wood smoke. The finish is sweet and spicy and fades pretty quickly on the front and mid palate but lingers for a very long time on the back and sides of the mouth. I think this is an interesting addition to the Jefferson's series and I certainly enjoy it more than their other finished offerings. It's nice that it's priced down to $80 as well instead of the usual $100+ price tag.
My 30th journey around the sun is rapidly approaching next month so I decided I wanted something to celebrate my birth year, searched around and was fortunate enough to find this Scott's Selection Bunnahabhain distilled in 1988 sitting on a shelf. This 16 year Islay single malt is bottled at its natural cask strength of 52.8%. Looking forward to cracking it and seeing how it is!