The barrel this bottle came from, was picked by K&L and it was finished in an Armagnac barrel for 1 year and 9 months. That’s a long time. It’s long enough for a typically low-spice whiskey to pick up some bigger spice notes synonymous with Armagnac, and that’s exactly what’s happened here.
Oak, Manuka honey, dried dark fruit, complex spice, toffee, vanilla, cocoa and light touches of fresh pastries, vegetal notes and grain.
SPICE!, oak, dried dark fruit, cocoa, honey, leather, nuts, vanilla, citrus zest, brown sugar and a strong grapey Armagnac profile.
Long -> Grapey dark fruit, brown sugar, cinnamon spice and oak.
BALANCE, BODY and FEEL
Great, full-heavy, oily.
High West American Prairie Bourbon Barrel Select – Overall
Aroma is sweet and heavy with a solid oak character but a bit of water adds a butteriness to it that takes this to the next level and makes me want a room that smells like this in my house – it’s warm and inviting like fresh baked goods; Palate hits the same, but picks up a bit of menthol as it opens and, with water, a larger dose of brown sugar and cocoa wafts through on the heavy spice currents; Finish is sweet and oaky and spicy and a wonderful experience to end with.
I’m in love with this whiskey. This is the perfect fusion of everything I love about Bourbon and Armagnac together in one bottle.