Bottle Name: Bourbon Whiskey No.1 24 Year Old Batch 1
ABV: 48% Distillery: Undisclosed Bottler: That Boutique-y Whisky Company Region: USAAge: 24
The tree is up, and the cats are looking grimly determined to wreck my artfully posed baubling once more – it can only be the start the December. As such, it’s time to kick off our now annual Boutique-y Whisky Company advent takeover. For the next 24 days we’ll be bringing you tasting notes for each and every dram in the rather splendid looking 2019 Boutique-y Whisky Advent Calendar.
As with previous years we’ll be posting our reviews the following day – to give me a little time to sample and write up my notes and, more importantly, to not spoil the surprise for those of you who open your calendars later in the day. I hate spoilers. There's a few folks doing these Advent calendar reviews this time around, so if you’re looking for alternative viewpoints on the drams over the coming month, I suggest you visit all-round good egg Sorren over at OCD Whisky - he too will be posting each and every day in arrears.
OK there’s lots to get though so we best get started. 24 days, 24 reviews, here we go…
Door No.1 reveals a well-aged bourbon in the form of Boutique-y’s Bourbon Whiskey #1 24 Year Old Batch 1. There’s little information to go on as to the source of this liquid, but there’s loads of bottles – 8,376 in this first batch. Just think about that for a second – taking a standard barrel size and Boutique-y’s 50cl bottle, that equals <sound of brain whirring> somewhere in the region of 20+ barrels of 24 year old whiskey.
Older bourbon is a rarer sight, at least relatively. The Diageo owned Orphan Barrel series often makes a point of suggesting that distilleries sometimes unearth and come across lost liquid in the most miraculous of ways. But, don’t believe the hype – the days of warehousemen being too sloshed to properly note the location of barrels is a thing of the past. Whisk(e)y only ever gets ‘lost’ if it suits the marketing angle. But regardless, the current perception of well matured bourbon stock is similarly to that of Scotch whisky – there’s a lot less of it around nowadays.
So when you find over 8,000 bottles of 24 year old Boutique-y sourced bourbon, it does makes you wonder exactly how rare this stuff really is. There’s clearly adequate supplies of accessible aged stock if you know where to look and who to talk to.
Batch 1 is bottled at 48% ABV. Its RRP is £199.95 (no one ever said that older bourbon would be cheap), but, in what appears to be well-timed happenstance, or excellent advance promotional planning, there’s a 50% flash sale taking place on this expression as I type. So, for the next 24 hours, or whilst the sale stock lasts, you can pick up this 24 year old bourbon for £99.95 on Master of Malt – which seems like a petty stunning deal to me.
Nose: A hot cup of Italian espresso and a pile of spent coffee beans are joined by heavily reduced (burnt) pan sugars and plenty of high quality vanilla. Black cherries and reduced red berries are livened by cinnamon and allspice whilst chocolate and pastry dough are joined by icing sugars, plump raisins and an interestingly unexpected vegetal note of roasted potato. A few drops of water brings the oak more forward – aromatic cedar joined by an increased vanilla expressiveness, peanuts and split cashews.
Taste: A sticky and viscous arrival that has weight and impact. Cherries and berries lead off – black, macerated and fresh – along with cough, maple and golden syrups mingled together. Running throughout, vanilla toffee – creamy and supple – and perked up with baking spices. The mid-palate continues to be quite textural – tree resin – whilst eucalyptus, peanut brittle and cocoa powder bring up the rear. Water once again emphasises the wood – brown sugars, pastries, overt vanilla and some well-polished oak.
Finish: Medium to long with sweetness fading whilst sour cherries, unfined sugars and cinnamon sticks remain, bolstered by a gentle prickle of charred cask heads.
An excellent start to Boutique-y’s 2019 Advent calendar offering. Defined and distinctive, with a very well-honed balance between fruity sweetness, spice and wood influence – otherwise translated as – pretty delicious stuff. At the full RRP I’d hesitate – but at the current flash sale price, this is a notable steal, easily offering more than enough quality to justify its temporary £100 price tag.
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