Rhetoric 22 Year Bourbon

Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

Tasted October 31, 2020
3.5 out of 5 stars
As compared to the 21 year bottling this was a step up for me. Unlike the 21 year there were no flaws on the nose. The nose also added a welcome bit of cremation brûlée and faint allspice. The palate was equally thin to the 21 but with an enjoyable mouth coating quality. There was a pleasant balance of dry wood, toasted marshmallow, anise and a hint of apricot jam as well a pinch of cigar wrapper. This, unlike the 21 year, this I could drink all day. It’s well rounded and adds in a pleasant bit of spice and just a touch of fruit. The low proof leaves it with less burn than robitussin but also less of a finish. If it wasn’t over $100 you wouldn’t need the finish because you could sip it all day. Therein lies another kicker - aside from the novelty of tasting this bourbon as it ages the sticker shock makes it a little harder to swallow. In a world where 12-15 year old bourbons command between $80-300+ the value per year of age isn’t unreasonable despite lack of any real wow factor.