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Mystery Monday Part 6: T

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

Taking a break from the series of unaged, agave mysteries and sampling some of the brown stuff. Smelled like pretty good bourbon as soon as I cracked it. I've been doing the mysteries in tandem with my wife, but she's not a bourbon fan so I spared her this round.

Notes were messaged for the reveal.


Nose: Well-aged bourbon (10+ yr). Dried berries. Smarties. Dark chocolate. Old oak. Faint herbal notes. Vanilla frosting.

Flavor: Red apple. Vanilla. Soft tannins - leather, sour oak.

Structure: Mellow early waves. Mid-palate witch’s hat proof spike. Settles nicely into a soft/medium finish.

Alcohol Integration: Guessing 110-115 proof. Some edges, but everything is pretty tidy.

Score: 7 (Highly Recommend) Does everything a higher proof bourbon with sweet-spot maturation should. I'd put this on par with quality-wise with Stagg Jr. Less character/nuance than my favorite Four Roses picks. Oak isn't as aggressive as ECBP.


Reveal: Wild Turkey Rare Breed LL/G

Post Reveal: I grabbed a bottle of this a year or so back and was really impressed as I worked through it. Glad it holds up blind. Nice return to form after some of those transitional batches.


Rating System

10 - Reevaluate The Budget

9 - Stash Two (If Able)

8 - Stash One (At The Right Price)

7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers

6 - Solid - Above Average

5 - Acceptable For The Situation

4 - Not Vocally Complaining

3 - Wish I Was Drinking Something Else

2 - Nothing Nice To Say

1 - Drain Pour

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