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Rough Rider Bourbon Batch 1, 45%

Price: $40 Issue: Fall 2013 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Fiery young stuff! The nose is spicy/slicey, with a sharp sweetness, fresh oak, and a hint of solvent. A lot of oak in the mouth, almost drying, and just a bit astringent on the tongue. The finish turns softer, sweeter, but stays oaky. The wood's a bit overwhelming on this one. It's sourced whiskey that's then finished in Long Island wine barrels. Some finishes work better than others.