This is Irene’s pick from Canterbury Liquors in CT and is the WhiskeyMentors QS01 ButterBall. It is Barrell Whiskey Private Release barrel A123, age stated at 18yrs. So what I learned from these recent releases is that only the single barrel picks are age stated at 18yrs; while the others are also 18yrs, apparently the new liquor rules about blending and finishing make it very difficult to keep the age statement on the bottle. This one comes in at 117.6 proof, is not finished, just the pure single barrel.
The interesting thing about this bottle is when I first cracked it, I was not a fan. It was very hot and lacked complexity. I sat it down and a week later it completely transformed. I never publish reviews after trying something only once after a fresh crack; you always need to see the evolution once air hits.
I know why Irene named this ButterBall… it has a punch of Jif peanut butter right in the face. Lots of nuttiness and there is a decent amount of heat, but that certainly has turned into a secondary feature.
Good mouthfeel, totally coats the mouth, focusing in the front. You get that good nuttiness again and the tannins come through causing your mouth to water. Secondary taste of Cow Tail candy, buttered toast, Skittles and Captain Crunch. The finish is multiple minutes, and never goes bitter.
This is a good single barrel pick and it’s very hard to find something with an 18yr age statement. Quite the unicorn! I’m glad this one was put aside and not finished as it has a very unique profile. 96/100