Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - Rather elegant and gentle nose of orange blossom, creme brulee, overripe banana and mango. Exquisite and soft on the palate, making way for orange peel, brown sugar and dark cherry to shine through. Graceful and composed on the finish. The first sniffs detect restrained, lightly roasted kernel/bean-like scents; bouquet opens up as aromas of saddle leather, tobacco leaf and walnut come to the fore. Palate entry is semisweet, candied and creamy; by midpalate, the taste includes pepper, welcome spirity heat, oak resin and caramel corn. Ends showing the delicate side of Bourbon.
— P.P. (5/1/2004) — 90-95 (Jun 2006)
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This top-shelf Bourbon reveals a nose of cigar box and a hint of charcoal. Very firm. Full of flowers, almonds and marzipan. Long floral finish. It is distilled in Louisville and matured at the 100-year old stone warehouses at the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Woodford County. Limestone-filtered spring water is used to reduce the whiskey to its bottled strength of 90.4 proof.