I have been eyeing that horsey for far too long and now it is all mine!!! I know what you are wondering about now – yes, the horse is metal and yes, it is sturdy, and yes, heavy! Is the $60 horse worth it? Welp, that depends on how much you love bourbon, horses, oddly shaped bottles and how much money you have to spend to love that bourbon. Me? I love oddly shaped bottles and that horse…mmmmhmmm…that horse!
Anyways, enough horsing around…damn, sorry. I can’t stop. OK, the bourbon has a nice amber color and moderate oily stickiness around the edges of a glass. On the nose I got apples, cinnamon, butter, leather, maraschino cherries, and vanilla. A lot of sweetness. The palate is spicy with hints of vanilla, sweet pie, burnt sugar and a distant woodsy note. The mouthfeel is medium and not as oily as I expected. The finish is medium with more spices giving some chest warmth, sugar at the start with a lingering leather and butter tone.
Few drops of water add a lot of tart apples and pears to the nose. On the palate, the sweetness seems to be dialed down a notch and the fruitiness is a bit more accentuated. The finish is very similar. Damn, this seems a bit more refreshing with a few drops of water.
Rating – 4.0/5.0