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Review: Bomberger’s Declaration Bourbon and Shenk’s Homestead Whiskey (2021)

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We’re again with the 2021 editions of Michter’s Legacy Sequence annual releases of Bomberger’s and Shenk’s, albeit as soon as once more a couple of toe dips into the brand new 12 months. Once more availability is extremely restricted with simply 1,735 bottles of Bomberger’s Declaration Bourbon and a pair of,232 bottles of Shenks’ Homestead Bitter Mash Whiskey hitting the cabinets in late fall, which suggests, at this level, good luck making an attempt to supply a bottle when you haven’t already. Given the rising consciousness and spectacular displaying of those releases 12 months on 12 months since their debut in 2018, the Legacy Sequence releases are amongst these anticipated yearlong and are getting tougher to return by (which is being mirrored within the growing hole between precise costs and MSRP). (Spoiler alert – it is likely to be sensible at this level to hunt these out sooner relatively than later.)

Michter’s appears to have embraced their secret sauce from the final two releases, and as soon as once more have aged the newest expressions in Chinquapin oak, with an adjustment in char ranges for 2021. They’ve set a excessive bar for themselves, particularly with the impression they final left us with in 2020, so let’s see if these tweaks maintain them of their lane.

Bomberger’s Declaration Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2021) – The nostril follows its predecessor with a multi-faceted, advanced sweetness pushed by baked, dried citrus and peaches, with some brightness from fruit rind that substitutes for the spiciness you’ll anticipate from cinnamon or mint. Woodsy and bitter notes of leather-based and oak seem in essentially the most light method. The palate is equally as wealthy from 2020, calling to thoughts a fruitcake loaded with each possible dried fruit — raisins, cranberries, prunes, nectarines — and the muted, unsweetened nuttiness of uncooked walnut. The warmth is soothing and welcoming with much less of a minty peppery drive and extra bready baking spices. The end continues the theme, with smooth, nutty, spiced baked items, lingering on the maltiness of buttered rolls. In comparison with earlier releases, it leans nearer to 2020 and once more, continues to be distinctive. It’s a luscious bourbon that’s each remarkably drinkable and crafty in its complexity. 108 proof. A / $170 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY] 

Shenk’s Homestead Kentucky Bitter Mash Whiskey (2021) – Shenk’s debuted in 2018 and it’s annual releases are notable and constant. To date, each launch is proofed at a tempered 91.2 and proceed to precise important heft of character. The nostril is brilliant and spicy (maybe owing to its excessive rye content material within the unspoken mashbill) however not astringent. The spiciness is predominantly cinnamon pushed with an undertone of mint and a muted sweetness that hints on the related raisin-bread pudding notes from 2020. The palate carries forth with the tingly playfulness of cinnamon spice and a extra pronounced presentation of oak and stewed cherries. Darkish chocolate makes an occasional look. The end curtails prematurely because it appears to have finished within the earlier releases, however it feels much less like I’m lacking one thing and extra that I’m wanting the beautiful interaction of oak and cinnamon to linger only a bit longer. The actual level although, is that likelihood is excessive the bottle shall be poured dry as soon as opened in good firm. 91.2 proof. A- / $135 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

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Bomberger’s Declaration Bourbon and Shenk’s Homestead Whiskey (2021)

$170

Score


9.5/10

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