We think F. Paul Pacult is a big Dylan fan as he gives this double-barreled whiskey a five-star rating and says it's “Firing on all cylinders as immensely pleasing scents of cornmeal, clove, cinnamon, baked peach, and new leather merge into a supple, even stately bouquet..."
Don't think twice, toss on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan on the hi-fi, pour a glass of this, and it's all right.
This 100-proof spirit endures a year-long finishing process in heavily charred American white oak bourbon barrels. Tropical fruit aromas are sweet, with ripe pineapple and mango emerging as a tangerine scent also blossoms out of the glass. It takes a second or two for the initial heat to pass on the palate, but once it does, a white-peppered fruit and floral sensation reveals itself. Spiced cedar notes take on dark caramel on the finish.
Look for a mild aroma that marries honey and oak. The palate leads with oak, then toasty vanilla and dried apricot, with a long, warming, peppery finish. Adding water brings out softer honey and chamomile notes. Music-lovers take note: this brand was developed in collaboration with Bob Dylan.
The additional year of aging in new American oak is readily apparent in this blend of American whiskeys. Dry, toasty, charred oak takes the lead before cherry cough drop, cedar, clove, eucalyptus, and toasted nuts emerge. The red and blue fruits are met with a jolt of spice that will delight rye whiskey fans, before delivering earthy, leathery, tobacco leaf on the finish. Big in oak flavors, but not overdone.