Bardstown Bourbon Company Chateau De Laubade Armagnac Cask Finished (2022 Release), 53.5%

Price: $160 Issue: Winter 2022 Reviewer: Ted Simmons

The nose is subtle and seductive; cream soda, angel food cake, tobacco leaves, candied orange, and an earthy hint of old leather. There is a lot to unpack, all of it skillfully arranged. On the palate, almond and vanilla, Ferrero Rocher, green apple, chocolate-covered cherries, raspberry jam, and cinnamon French toast. The finish is dry and fruity, with cocoa powder and vanilla icing. A beautiful union of spirit and finishing cask. Artfully made.