While trying to figure out the DNS issue this site was having last night, I ended up doing a little research for an upcoming post. One of the unsung benefits of being a spirits writer is that if you plan to write about what you are drinking, then you can just say you are doing "research." And the greatest part of that is, it isn't even lying.
So since I was busy doing IT work (and doing research on future posts) last night, I thought that it might be a good time to finally get around to the third of three bottles of Limestone Branch Experimental Bourbon that I bought back in May.
This one has a very similar name from the second bottle I reviewed. So much so that the reason that the reviews were written in the order they were was because I grabbed the wrong bottle when I did the second review. There is a single word of difference in the names. This one does not have the word Malted in it. Which of course means that this is a much more typical wheated bourbon mash then the malted wheat bourbon was.
Limestone Branch Red Wheat Bourbon is a 98 proof bourbon distilled from a mash of 60% White Corn, 28% Wheat, and 12% Malted Barley. It is 22 months old.
Limestone Branch Experimental Collection Red Wheat Bourbon
Purchase Info: $22.99 for a 375 mL bottle at Total Wine, Louisville, KY
Details: 49% ABV. Single Barrel. Barrel 59. Mash bill: 60% white corn, 28% wheat, 12% malted barley. Barrel Entry ABV: 50.58%. Barrel Char level 3. Aged 22 months.
Nose: Caramel, wintergreen, cardamom, and peach.
Mouth: Caramel, brown sugar, mint, hints of baking spice.
Finish: Warm and of medium length. There is an immediate "young" note upon swallowing which is followed by peach and baking spice.
Thoughts: I have never had a peach note show up in a bourbon before, so for that, I find this really interesting. This shows a lot of promise, but sadly just isn't there yet. As they release older versions though, this will be one to keep an eye on.
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