Six years in to the Grasp’s Hold collection we’ve the arrival of Grasp’s Hold One, a (sorta) complicated mix of bourbons designed to rejoice the melding of Jimmy Russell and Eddie Russell’s two distinct kinds right into a single spirit.
Grasp’s Hold One [combines] Jimmy’s love of mid-aged bourbons (8 to 10 years) with Eddie’s ardour for complicated traits that include bourbons aged longer. Discovering concord in stability, the barrels used on this expression function an ode to Jimmy’s choice for a bolder bourbon mingled with Eddie’s precisely-picked 14-year-old whiskey. Each whiskeys come collectively for a second maturation utilizing new oak barrels specifically toasted and charred in considered one of Eddie’s favourite timber rickhouses – Tyrone G.
So: Outdated whiskey blended with barely much less outdated whiskey. Let’s give it a whirl!
Although it’s surprisingly light on the nostril, there’s loads of Wild Turkey DNA all through this whiskey: a number of vanilla, some peanut shell, barrel char, and spicy cloves. Maybe a touch of orange peel because it develops within the glass. On the palate, no surprises emerge given the lead-up: Soothing and heavy with vanilla notes, cinnamon and cardamom spice, a gradual build-up of barrel char, and notes of peanut brittle because the end emerges. Understated with brown sugar sweetness, caramel sauce, and a lingering, flippantly spiced conclusion, the completed product will offend exactly nobody: It’s very nice if considerably fundamental, a stable bourbon that you just’d be completely blissful passing round on poker evening and never should assume an excessive amount of about. I’ve no complaints about it — however I’m not totally positive I’ll keep in mind a lot else about it come the morning.
101 proof. Reviewed: Batch #1.
B+ / $175 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]