Our Christmas family get together is to be on New Years Day. We are a family of bourbon lovers and all like to try the hard to find and different bottlings. This is to be one our selections and I am airing it out. The Old 6 year white label was a favorite of ours and we were quite disappointed when it disappeared. We were anxious to taste the soon to be 7 years bib but it was not to be released in Kentucky. Took me a couple years but I found one in travels through Georgia. From a pricing stand point, this has been placed above Henry McKenna 10 yr bib so the bar has been set pretty high. For the record the one year of extra age quadrupled the price , from $13 to $55. I tried it a couple of years ago and though it good but took no notes, just enjoyed. I no longer have any 6year white but I am tasting it against the 6 year 90 proof and I do love it. Let's dig in. Boy is it tight. A half hour an hour in, I slip a small cube in since I usually drink this one this way. The nose pops. Vanilla and corn sweetener lead the way. Let it melt and there is that brown sugar caramel I love. Dark fruit and baking spices are a layer down. It's a tad more intense than the green and aromas pretty much identical. The ethanol comes forward on the tongue and the body is thick and chewy, way different from green. The flavors are true to the nose but the 7 has a vegetal note creeping in. I find better balance in the green. Green has a short oakey finish. 7 is hot and lasts, there's the oak! I'm thinking Henry McKenna now. Verdict. This one's tough. I like them both but lean to the subtleness of the green. I love the mouth feel of the 7. McKenna kinda gives both. At $55 I'm disappointed but it's very good. Based on the green at 13, this one should be $20-25 but those days are gone and I am glad to live in KY where green is still available on occasion.
55.0 USD per Bottle