This whiskey opens with a plethora of aromas including roasted almonds, coffee, dried fruits, and potpourri. The oily, velvety entry is loaded with notes of orange rind, chocolate, and baking spice that are followed by tart cherries and vanilla on the mid-palate, leading to a long, sensuous finish replete with coffee, toffee and oak spice. Simply delicious.
The whiskey world is an industry with a troubled past yet full of redemption and resurrection stories. Jos. A. Magnus distillery is one of those stories. In 2007 Jimmy Turner found a bit of family history in his mother’s home, a one-hundred year old bottle of his great-grandfather’s bourbon. After some digging, Jimmy began sourcing whiskey from MGP and finishing it in the magic combination of Sherry and Cognac casks to re-create his great-grandfather's elixir. With a new distillery in DC and several awards under their belt already, Jos. A. Magnus is a brand to keep an eye on!
Joseph A. Magnus established his eponymous company in 1892 as a liquor wholesaler in Cincinnati. His success was largely the result of innovative concepts with regard to whiskey and marketing. He used Oloroso, Pedro Ximenez and Cognac casks to finish his bourbons before bottlings, creating a unique flavor profile that the competition couldn’t match. He also offered so-called “freebies” with his whiskeys in the form of branded shot glasses and other bar wares. Unfortunately, like so many others, Prohibition got the better of Mr. Magnus' business and he shuttered by 1918 disappearing from public life.