A couple of months ago I acquired several bottles of bourbon from an estate sale. These bourbons are from the 1960's up to the early 1980's. I thought I would share some tasting notes here. I am doing these tasting notes for a couple of reasons. The first is that bourbon of this age range is still out there and can be found so I thought people might be interested in what to expect from a bottle purchased at such a sale. The other is to let people compare these notes with the modern product taste profile. It is interesting on how this has changed in many cases.
The first I will taste tonight is Cabin Still in the Bobwhite decanter bottle, bottled for Christmas 1968. It is 90 proof and 5 year old bourbon.
Color: Light Amber
Nose: Corn, vanilla with a hint of honey and flowers. Very sweet aroma.
Taste: Sweet corn and caramel with just a hint of oak. A very pleasant warmness going down.
Finish: Dry oak with a hint of caramel that lingers in the back of the throat.
Notes: This is real Van Winkle controlled, Stitzel-Weller bourbon at its best. This whiskey reminds people that the Van Winkles placed a sign in fron of the distillery, which is still there today, that reads "We make fine bourbon here; At a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always fine bourbon". The Cabin Still being bottled today is not even in the same class as this older expression of this brand.