Had a visit from Jimbo last night.
He came bearing gifts of motivation & inspiration aka Tale of Two Bourbons
We filled two Glencarin glasses so we could do a side by side comparison.
I have been fortunate enough to be able to drink Jimbo's bourbon (and other tasty beverages) on a fairly regular basis for a few years now.
The first bourbon being from the new barrel did not disappoint. It tasted just as I would expect from Jim. It was very clean, good depth of flavor, great cuts and very smooth.
You could taste the new barrel with a crisp oak flavor. It was definitely not over oaked but the oak was much fresher and more pronounced than bottle two.
It was a very good bourbon but maybe a little young, again that is comparing it to bottle two.
Bottle Two was the old oak barrel & one word could describe it. WOW
I don't know if it was the mixture of old & new oak in the barrel, leftover flavors from the used oak, the extra year or maybe a little bit of all.
The flavor was just wonderful with a heavy rich carmel, very smooth, as always great cuts. The oak was subdued, the color was a little darker than the first bottle.
This was really a knock your socks off bourbon. And did I mention the rich carmel
The only thing I could say bad about either of these bottles is that they are not destined to last long in my household
They will keep me inspired & motivated, even after they are gone, to get our equipment done and pursue our dream.