For starters, this is a ‘cask strength’ bourbon. What does cask strength mean, you ask? Cask strength, aka barrel proof bourbons come straight out of the barrel and into the bottle. Unlike other bourbons, no water is added to cask strength bourbon meaning the proof can be substantially higher. For this tasting, our bottle displayed a proof of 123.
That’s flavor country, baby!
The nose is promising – to be a cask strength bourbon, there is little ether in the glass. Dont get me wrong – you can smell the heat! But some higher proof bourbons tend to give you more of a warning in the nose. Instead, there is a floral bloom that’s heavy on the citrus and spice. Its a pleasant surprise that I didn’t see coming from a 123 proof pour.
The first sip burned in a great way, and was all fruit, flower, and spice rack. Cherries, oranges, and honey brings the bourbon to life. Wild herbs add a character that compliments the light body of Angel’s Envy CS.
This is an interesting bourbon, but a little ill-structured. For instance, tar seems to hover in the background of my palate. The finish is long and pleasant, but strangely reminiscent of blackberries. It’s heavy on the wood, light on the body, spicy like crazy, and sweet in a way that leaves out flavors like toffee. Awkward description for an awkwardly structured bourbon.