The autumn bourbon releases are upon us. The place did 2022 go!? As standard, the Remus Repeal Reserve is among the earliest out of the gate. This restricted version bourbon is dropped at us by Ross & Squibb Distillery, previously MGP (though it’s most likely nonetheless OK to name them MGP). Remus Repeal Reserve VI marks the primary Repeal Reserve launch beneath the brand new title and, extra importantly, the primary for the distillery’s new grasp distiller, Ian Stirsman, who was promoted again in January. It’s a mix of 5 completely different high-rye bourbons aged between 8 and 14 years, though the overwhelming majority is 8 to 10 years outdated, making this one of many youthful total releases thus far. To be particular, Repeal Reserve VI is a mixture of simply 2% 2008 bourbon (21% rye), 17% 2012 bourbon (36% rye), 27% 2012 bourbon (21% rye), 29% 2014 bourbon (21% rye), and 25% 2014 bourbon (36% rye). The final pair of releases on this collection had been spectacular. Can Ross & Squibb’s new grasp distiller hold that successful streak alive?
Survey says sure. The aroma is gentle however complicated, showcasing candied citrus, juicy black cherry, and Haribo peaches. You may anticipate all that fruity sweetness to overwhelm every thing else, however a layer of moist leather-based and toasted oak helps to restrain issues, alongside some darkish baking spice that builds softly because it opens. A pleasure simply to nostril, nevertheless it will get bolder and higher on the palate. Preliminary notes are of candy fruit, a bit darker than the aroma with dried raisins and cherries and loads of well-seasoned oak to maintain issues from skewing syrupy. The mid-palate sees toasty barrel char, cinnamon stick, toffee, and Andes mints earlier than turning a bit extra fruit-forward into the beneficiant end with notes of blood orange and cherry cola that linger and linger. An impressively approachable and fantastically balanced bourbon. The basic, baking spice-filled releases of yesteryear have been constantly fine quality, nevertheless it’s spectacular to see a brand new grasp distiller take issues in a barely completely different path and do it so properly. A walk-off homer for the brand new man and a simple contender for our Prime 10 Whiskeys of 2022.
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