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Jameson Black Barrel

The name of this 40% expression comes from heavily charred oak barrels used in the process.   The nose is fruity and sweet, with toasted pineapple and vanilla.  The mouth feel is very smooth and sweet with notes of butterscotch, floral honey, vanilla custard and toasted nut notes.    The finish has some chilli peppers and bitter lemon peel and dries out.  With some water it thins out and mouthfeel gets a little less creamy.   Lots of classic bourbon and oak notes which is what they were going for.

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  • Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:32

    The Kentucky Bourbon Trail... Pt 1

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    I have finally got round to writing up Day 1 of my trip to Kentucky and have posted links to the distllery reviews.  I managed to make it to four distilleries on the first day, Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Heaven Hill and Barton 1792 and I also got see the world largest whiskey barrel (which is the picture on this blog entry).   Best overall experience was probably Maker's Mark but Barton was "interesting" and generally there were lots of chocolates and bottling halls.

    Jim Beam: 

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/322-jim-beam

    Maker's Mark: 

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/323-makers-mark

    Heaven Hill: 

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/325-heaven-hill-bourbon-heritage-center-kentucky-usa

    Barton 1792:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/326-barton-1792-kentucky-usa

     

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