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Old Ezra 7 Years Old (58.5%, OB, 2020)

Old Ezra 7 Years Old Barrel Strength Bourbon

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 58.5%
  • Age: 7 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB, Lux Row Distillers
  • Category: Kentucky straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Cost: £41.78
  • Origin: Undisclosed
  • Vintage: Undeclared

What they say

Old Ezra 7 Year Old Barrel Strength Bourbon: A sour mash bourbon, produced using a mashbill of 78% corn, 10% Rye and 12% malted barley

MoM tasting notes:

Nose: Caramel, orange blossom, crushed hazelnuts, a peppery flourish of oak.

Palate: Warming cedar spice continues on the palate, joined by robust vanilla and a touch of corn.

Finish: Quite long, with a fiery hint of cinnamon and red chilli right on the end.

What I say

Sampled as part of the #LuxRowWhiskey Tweet tasting with Steve @TheWhiskyWire. A barrel strength Bourbon matured for a minimum of 7 years.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark amber gold (11/20), medium-large tears and long, fine legs.
  • Nose: Spiced toffee and oak, a little spirity initially, thick and dark toffee, gentle baking spices, crushed toasted nuts, dry oak wood, cigar boxes, orange oil, later rich vanilla.
  • Taste: Medium-bodied, light initially on the palate then grow syrupy and sugary, spice builds initially then subsides into the thick toffee and caramel, rather polished wood with acetones and esters, becomes sharp with a mixture of clove oil and lemon & lime zests.
  • Finish: Long, drying burst of cinnamon spice, toffee and charred woody richness persist.

Overall

A flavour journey rather than destination, plenty of spice and heat but also packed full of vanilla and nutty oak. Superb as it comes but takes a drop of water well if you like it a little calmer.

Score 85/100

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