Beverage Testing Institute 91 points - Rather elegant and gentle nose of orange blossom, creme brulee, overripe banana and mango. Exquisite and soft on the palate, making way for orange peel, brown sugar and dark cherry to shine through. Graceful and composed on the finish.
The first sniffs detect restrained, lightly roasted kernel/bean-like scents; bouquet opens up as aromas of saddle leather, tobacco leaf and walnut come to the fore. Palate entry is semisweet, candied and creamy; by midpalate, the taste includes pepper, welcome spirity heat, oak resin and caramel corn. Ends showing the delicate side of Bourbon.
— P.P. (5/1/2004) — 90-95
Beverage Tasting Institute Rated 91 Points>
Interesting aromas of freshly waxed wood, saddle soap, suede, tapioca and pecan nougat with a round, supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, dried fruit, roasted nut, grainy pastry dough, mint leaf, cola, sassafras, peppery spice, and mineral ore accented finish. Very distinctive, intricate, and stylish.
International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal