I tried this at Mac McGees Irish Pub in Decatur, Georgia – a GREAT bar with more than 500 whiskeys and traditional Irish fare. The price tag was about $14. “This better be a damned good bourbon at that price!” I commented.
I really wanted to like this bourbon. Particularly because for a few bucks more I could’ve gotten an OF Birthday.
The nose was unassuming, belying a light bodied whiskey. Not a problem typically, but the first sip was almost equally unassuming. There is zero initial burn with a rye tingle mid way thought. Some big cherry, orange, and red licorice flavors brought character to the whiskey mid way through, but those flavors were buried beneath butter. It took a few sips more before I found clove and a hint of pine wood.
The finish was like gravel wrapped in velvet. Had it not been for the rough finish I would have been in good shape, but any true bourbon fan looks forward to the finish as much as they do to the first sip. When a finish isnt pleasant, it dampens the entire tasting.
And this finish was not pleasant.