Sweetens Cove hit the bottom working with their inaugural launch final 12 months, a 13-year-old stunner blended by the gifted Marianne Eaves. Now Marianne and her movie star backers have returned with spherical two, which goals to be significantly extra accessible than the unique with greater than twice the variety of barrels reportedly bottled. Whereas 5 totally different batches have been launched of the unique 13-year, this newest seems to be one giant batch of 4-, 6-, and 16-year-old Tennessee bourbons bottled at cask power. As such, there’s no age assertion, which I can perceive. $200 for a 4-year-old bourbon can be a tough promote. The model made a powerful first impression, so let’s see how the sequel stacks up, we could?
The nostril is a bit lighter than the unique, with out the depth and sultry high quality however nonetheless wealthy and silky with butterscotch, peanut brittle, chewy caramel, and pralines. Because it opens within the glass, I get a little bit of flaky pastry, candy and buttery, with a darkish cherry pie filling. The palate is hotter than the unique with a beneficiant warmth that builds into the end. It stays simply as approachable, nevertheless, with the identical surprisingly fruity palate. Candied orange peel and cherries in syrup are early prime notes, adopted by grilled peaches and a mixture of Pink Hots and caramel candies. Not till the lingering end does the barrel actually roll in (see what I did there?) with toasted sugar, darkish vanilla bean, and a few cigar wrapper notes exhibiting. Whereas the unique had extra depth and roundness to it, the younger parts on this newest mix have added slightly extra complexity. Fortunate for us, there’s extra to go round this time.