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Dark Horse Reserve Bourbon Tasting notes and reviews

Issue 124 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 124

David Beckham Interview, Battle of the Blends, Ardbeg Distillery, Japan focus

 

Dark Horse Reserve Bourbon

Brand
Dark Horse
Expression
Reserve Bourbon
Type
American Whiskey ~ Bourbon
Abv
44.50%
Region
Kansas

Annabel Meikle

70
Nose
Warm cowhide and chamois leather, cow gum. Ginger biscuit dunked in coffee. Dried cinnamon stick and baharat spice - a blend of clove, nutmeg, paprika and cardamom.
Palate
A bitterness of quinine and green tea. Damp tobacco and then cheroots. Water made the green tea too bitter for me - like fresh pine sap.
Finish
The bitterness overtakes, then becomes buttery.
Comment
I could see this in a cocktail to counter the sharpness with some sweetness.

Chris Goodrum

87
Nose
A very chlorinated nose of burnt, rye-like spices, warm milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate. The oak is pretty chunky and almost monolithic in character.
Palate
Milk and dark chocolate along with treacle and succulent if a little dry oak. The rye-like spices are initially buried but come through on the middle brining an intensity of herbal, green wood and spice notes.
Finish
Long and supple with the toasted oak vanillins lingering along with the green spices. Lovely intensity and again fairly drying.
Comment
A take no prisoners Bourbon with a fairly high rye content.
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