C&K Butchertown Brandy – is a small batch of various barrels of sourced brandy ranging from 5 to 15 years old. It is only proofed down a little to open it up, coming in at 124 proof. This uses 75% used bourbon barrels, and 25% from the new oak barrels in the blend. So more of those new oak barrel notes. Aged in both the bourbon and new barrels for roughly 2 years, since sourcing.
Nose: Familiar bourbon notes. Very heavy on the vanilla. Caramel. Brown sugar. Maple syrup. Pear. Not grape dominant, but obviously still present.
Palate: Sweet on the front of the palate. Vanilla. Caramel. On the back palate, get hit with the grape and a bite similar to a whiskey. Not over powering, but present. Nice mouth feel.
Finish: Long. Warmer going down with grape and those sweet notes.
Nose: Red grape. Caramel. Vanilla.
Palate: Rich and Sweet. Caramel. Vanilla. Fresh oak more up front. Grape. Round on the palate. Spice on the back palate. You could mistake this for a bourbon if you were not focusing on the palate.
Finish: Long. Has the familiar whiskey bite. Grape and spice as the pour lingers in your mouth.
Grade: 83 – 86 (B) = Good, Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have
The new American oak barrels really helped the brandy take on more of those familiar bourbon notes that I love, while still keeping with the brandy theme.
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