Really nice bottle, beautiful presentation bottle and case. Apparently only 6,000 released. It’s a 14yr MGP Bourbon at $200, it has to be great right?
I actually paid $235 with tax on this one, wasn’t $200 in my store, but close enough.
When I first cracked it open it smelled woody and tasted woody. There wasn’t much else as the wood overpowered everything. I let it sit a while and tried it again. Air does wonderful things to a fresh cracked whiskey.
You still are getting solid wood notes but graham crackers, toasted marshmallows, dried figs and black currant.
The mouthfeel is ok but lacks an oily enjoyment and the wood tannins overpower everything else. The finish is shorter than I hoped and there is more heat than the nose indicates.
I don’t know who the blender is at George Remus but it seems sad to waste such amazing juice on this product. It could have been given to a master blender to produce something truly special, worthy of this packaging. The heavy gold cap is especially nice though…. It’s still good, but not worth chasing. Initial grade: 84/100… after leaving it open for several months it opened up and the regrade is 88/100.
If you are a huge MGP fan, you are going to want to own this and you might think it’s a 90-92/100, but this is not an epic pour, and there are so many better MGP products out there.