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Oregon-based Wolf Spirits is losing no time in constructing out their new line of Puncher’s Probability bourbons. In 2021 Drinkhacker reviewed their inaugural Puncher’s Chance, a mix of 4 and 6 yr previous sourced Kentucky bourbon, and in 2022 their follow-on D12stance expression, which leaped to a 12 yr previous age assertion, additionally sourced, this time from Tennessee.
Up subsequent is The Left Cross, a 14 yr previous straight bourbon whiskey completed in Jamaican darkish rum casks. Wolf Spirits states that the supply of this whiskey is IJW Whiskey Firm in Louisville, an organization which, in flip, almost certainly sourced it from elsewhere since, by all accounts, IJW Whiskey Firm didn’t exist 14 years in the past, as both an organization or a distillation facility. (We reviewed IJW’s first launch MarFarlane’s Reserve final yr, which gives the peculiarly sparse info on the operation.)
We actually can’t even guess at what this expression has to supply since there isn’t a commonality with prior Puncher’s Probability releases within the base distillate or the growing older and ending course of. So let’s simply get proper to it.
The nostril is instantly notable for its lack of warmth and an attractive caramel soda aroma. (And do I detect a touch of barn hay straw?) The palate is pleasant with a really crisp show of normal bourbon notes that dance round one another. Most pronounced is comfortable cereal, semi-sweet chocolate, mint, burnt marshmallow, and cinnamon tea with a contact of lemon peel. Beneath are hints of vanilla, leather-based, and rock sweet. The end nonetheless sparkles with spicy mint and cinnamon notes and the mellowing sweetness of the burnt marshmallows and chocolate. When you let the end journey some time, the closing notice does appear to relaxation on muted leather-based infused with vanilla extract, which someway makes you return for an additional sip.
Placing apart the obscurity of the the place/how/what of The Left Cross, it’s maybe finest to only crack open a dram and let the story unfold if/when it ever does. As soon as a whiskey will get to 14 years, the danger of being over-oaked is often the most important conundrum, however right here issues have managed to flee the hurdle with nice outcomes, maybe owing to the ending in rum casks, which appears to work out properly right here.
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Puncher’s Probability Bourbon The Left Cross 14 Years Previous