Many of you will know Lincoln for the days when he was instrumental making Woodfords Reserve and Old Forester bourbon. You also might have seen him recently at on of our WhiskyFests, conducting seminars for Suntory Yamazaki whiskies.
Now, he’s going to be starting up his own distillery in Louisville, KY, with his son Wes. In the interim, they have purchased some bourbon stocks which they are just now bottling. A portion of the whiskey was finished in Port Pipes. (I think they told me it was about 40%.). Contrary to the indication on the bottle, the whiskey is being bottled at 86.6 proof, not 90.
My thoughts on the whiskey? My review sample was very good. It’s very rich, creamy and fruity, with good weight to it (all thanks to the port pipe finishing). Indeed, the port finishing has enhanced the whiskey’s traditional bourbon flavors without dominating.
I don’t know the age of the whiskey. It tastes like it’s less than 10 years old, but nicely matured. My only criticism at this point: I would like to have seen the whiskey bottled at 90 proof (or even higher) rather than the 86.8. I can always add water, but it’s pretty hard to take the water back out.
I’m holding off reviewing it formally here, because I think Lincoln told me that my sample was from a smaller-scale hand bottling and could indeed differ slightly from the final bottling that is put out on the market. And my sample may not have been chill-filtered. (Lincoln or Wes, if you are reading this, perhaps you could clarify?)
However, if the final commercially released version tastes as good as this one, I’d be scoring it a solid 90. That’s how much I liked it!
When the I do get a sample of the final, fully dressed product, I’ll review it and post it up here.