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Assessment: Blood Oath Bourbon Whiskey Pact 8 2022

Blood Oath #8 is upon us, and as at all times the “pact” continues to evolve. This 12 months’s model begins with a 14-year ryed bourbon and an 11-year ryed bourbon, then they mix within the twist: an 8-year ryed bourbon completed in Calvados casks.

I like this whiskey fairly a bit. Whereas apple brandy can have a large — and generally jarring — affect on whiskey, right here it enhances issues fairly properly, and superbly. The nostril is wealthy and enveloping, by no means actually evoking apple flavors however quite punching onerous on basic notes of the rickhouse — woody, well-charred, with faint notes of fruit, virtually like blackberry, off within the distance. The palate is wealthy with a shocking and fast be aware of darkish chocolate, which initially feels virtually exclusionary to the opposite flavors buried within the dram. Quickly that blackberry fruit character turns into clearer, punctuated with notes of caramel, butterscotch, and a few baking spice. The apple you’ve been ready for comes into focus on the very finish, the end evoking extra apple crumble than recent apple (and even apple pie), wealthy caramel laced all through.

I had reserved expectations for this apple brandy-finished bourbon however was joyful to search out it participating from begin to end, finally kicking into a better gear because it develops superbly in glass. Probably the greatest Blood Oath bottlings thus far.

98.6 proof. 51,000 bottles produced.


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