It's not often you see a cask finished bourbon and rarer still on LCBO shelves. I find it's always a bit of a gamble when buying whiskies with wine or port finishes; doubly so when it's bourbon! Yet despite all of the bad experiments I've tried over the years I'm still lured by the thrill of hitting upon one that gets it right.
A couple of weeks ago I was introduced to Yellow Rose Distilling, a relatively new distillery from Houston, Texas, by way of a sample swap.
Double Barrel Bourbon was among the first offerings to market after their launch in 2012 as a limited run. The bourbon was first aged in new oak barrels then finished in ex-Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels between 2-5 months before being bottled at 43% ABV.
Nose: Roasted peanuts, plum, brown sugar, and an almost bready dark chocolate aroma.
Palate: Smooth and full-bodied with juicy cherry and orange flavours sweetened by brown sugar and a smear of peanut paste.
Finish: Refined and somewhat dry. The warming finish shows a moderate length with candied fruit and roasted peanuts in the skin!
Overall: I'm more than pleasantly surprised with this sampling. Yellow Rose's Double Barrel Bourbon is an impressive offering; approachable, flavourful, and well-balanced with a good interplay between the spirit and the cask finish. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that this is, so far, the best wine cask finished bourbon I've ever sampled. Recommended for those with a sweet tooth or those who share my passion for gambling on cask finishes. Currently available for $69.95 in the LCBO as a limited run so when it's sold out, it'll be gone forever.