This wee bottle of bourbon is older than I am. It was bottled somewhere in early the 1970s, based on the Italian tax seal on it. I like old bourbons like this, but since this kind of stuff has been discovered by more and more people since the last year or so, it’s hard to pick up stuff from an auction at a low price.
Now everything goes up to market value or over it. I bought this one and an even older one little over a year ago at € 60, for the both of them. That was a steal and when the auction ended, I was a happy camper!
Now, all that actually matters is whether or not it tastes good!
Sweet and spicy. It takes a few minutes to shake off the ‘Old Bottle Effect’ before it shows it’s potential. Initially I had the feeling it was very oxidized, especially since the plastic screw cap is ridiculously poor for holding air. There’s a corn syrup sweetness to it with a gentle bitterness from the cask. Allspice, vanilla and actually pretty tasty.
On the palate it’s gentle and bittersweet. Allspice again and quite a lot of wood influence. It does lack a certain depth, however.
Toasted oak, toasted bread, dried herbs, sweet and woody. With the bready notes it’s quite different from what I expected from the palate. A bit wild because of it.
I think the oxidation from ages in the bottle have made this whisky more inconsistent that it originally was. The palate is nearly shot, but I had that with the Old Mork 1916 too, while the nose is still terrific. A very interesting dram, and very much worth the money.