@dubz480's review yesterday of McKenzie's Single Barrel reminded me that I've had the Bottled in Bond Bourbon on my "to review" list for a long time. So why the delay? It's not because I've been unclear about my overall opinion - it's excellent. But it's a complex dram and I was not readily finding the words to describe it. I'm still going to struggle a bit, but here goes - The nose is very pleasant - a typical bourbon scent of caramel and corn, along with a strong base of oak and mild baking spices. The palate has some really nice, mild wood notes, some more caramel and corn, and a bit of spice. It's not an overly sweet bourbon, and it's very nicely balanced between rich, oily, sweet and oakey. The whiskey finishes without burn and a slight spearmint note. The details I've given are an accurate version of what I experienced, but incomplete. I'll update this review if and when I can better place some of the other great scents and flavors. Had I been served this whiskey blind, I would not have pegged it for a wheated bourbon - it's simply a lot different than other wheated bourbons I'm familiar with - I feel it has more in common with corn/rye/barley mashbill bourbons. At some point I'll do some comparison testing to determine with certainty, but the Mckenzie's BIB quite possibly is my favorite under $50 bourbon. And it appears that it's popularity is growing quickly. After reading @dubz480's review of the single barrel, I searched for a single barrel bottle for sale online. No luck. I also noticed that the standard BiB seemed to be out of stock everywhere. Hopefully that will be rectified soon, or else an emergency trip to upstate New York night be needed.
45.0 USD per Bottle
Astor Wines & Spirits