Package arrived a couple days ago and when I opened it I could smell Bourbon… never a good sign. Either something broke or leaked. This one was a leaker. Old Taylor Distillery Company decanter with tax seal intact from around 1970 and age stated four years. I carefully opened it and the pour was only three and a half ounces—85% had evaporated. On the positive side, the seller was fair and we agreed to a refund of around 75% to make up for it… most people in the Bourbon world are good and want to do the right thing, this was a good example of that.
Well… on to the review…
Really dark, not in a good way opaque and cloudy.
Musty basement, wet candy corn, stale graham crackers and chewed pencil. No heat.
Taste is actually better with decent spices and caramel coming through initially with a tickling mouthfeel. It does drop off a little bitter after a minute. There is a touch of enjoyable heat in the chest.
I was excited to buy this and try it but disappointed when it came mostly leaked, but it did force me to open it right away. Decanters are hit and miss in my experience. This one isn’t that bad, but nothing to seek out. 80/100. (I’ll trade/sell you a sample if you want, I still have 2oz left sealed in glass)