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We’re again with a fourth spherical with Buzzard’s Roost, a model which has solely been round for 2 years however which now has not less than 10 expressions of sourced American whiskeys. This trip we have a look at two bourbons, each MGP inventory.
Buzzard’s Roost Straight Bourbon Char #1 – 4 years outdated, from a mash of 59% corn, 36% rye, and 5% malted barley. Aged in Buzzard’s Roost’s very calmly charred (stage #1) barrels. Clear however easy nostril right here, peanut and popcorn displaying up in equal proportion. A little bit of a uncooked alcohol observe means that if getting older in under-charred barrels, one could have to age for an extended time period. Related notes on the palate provide a comparatively underdeveloped however innocuous character, heavy with corn notes however hinting at menthol and apples. Vanilla and a few spice within the combine, however nothing sudden. It’s solely seconds till the whiskey develops a charred popcorn character that I’ve seen in different Buzzard’s Roost whiskeys, ending with a gritty, barely industrial character. Nothing a lot to see right here. 105 proof. B- / $75
Buzzard’s Roost Straight Bourbon Toasted American Oak – A mix of bourbons, aged 4 and 5 years, from two mashbills: one 74%/21%/5% corn/rye/barley, the opposite 59/36/5, completed in toasted oak barrels — although particulars past which might be scarce. It’s stable, easy whiskey: reasonably wooded on the nostril, only a contact rubbery however participating with ample spice and eucalyptus notes. Lumberyard lingers, but it surely comes throughout as providing a toasty stability, by no means evoking overpowering youthfulness. The palate mixes sweetness and woodsy notes effectively — butterscotch, milk chocolate, and graham crackers, then a contact of sawdust and a touch of pink berry fruit and a enjoyable contact of fresh-cut grass. This isn’t a knock-your-socks-off barnburner, however its uncomplicated sensibilities actually do hit the spot, hitting all of the excessive notes of a traditional mix however ending with only a contact of the punch of the frontier. My pattern bottle is bone dry. 105 proof. A / $75