|The tasting spread.|
In a general sense, all seven tasters tasted definite differences between what turned out to be the Yellow Label and the Small Batch and Single Barrel. And by that I mean that the Small Batch and Single Barrel stood out above the Yellow label in nose, taste, and finish.
The Single Barrel was the coverall winner with an average score of 90.25. Small Batch came in a close second at 89.8, while Yellow Label lagged behind at 87. Even at 87, Yellow Label received an excellent score. (In fact, I took a bunch of it home and drank almost all of it during Hurricane Sandy!)
The tasting notes are summarized below:
Yellow Label (Sample A)
Nose: caramel, light, maple, hot, flat, some sweetness and chocolate, sweet fruits, corn, grass, floral, mild
Taste: Rye, light and smooth, more misty pepper than sweetness, up-front fruit, velvet-y mouth feel, slight honey, corn and charcoal, floral and mellow, some vanilla, an easy drinker.
Finish: short with some pleasant spiciness, smooth with a nice linger, wheat-y and a slight burn, corn and sugar
Small Batch (Sample B)
|The Four Roses Collection|
Taste: smooth, berry flavors, sweet start with spice in the middle, strong and creamy, mild alcohol, delicate, vanilla, rich, deep leather, some corn and floral, tannins, low heat, pleasing spice, vanilla and caramel
Finish: Vanilla, oak, balanced with trailing sweet finish, very smooth, leather and tannins, sweet and spicy finish, I love this finish!
Single Barrel OBSV (Sample C)
Nose: butterscotch, thick, raisin, soft leather, hot, floral, molasses, spicy caramel
Taste: Earthy, charcoal, spices, pepper, hot on front of tongue, vanilla custard, spiciness, floral flavors, vanilla, cinnamon and nice heat.
Finish: Smooth spice, rounded and hints of leather and vanilla, great finish, creamy on the tongue, a slow burn, spicy and vanilla.
Last words: I can tell by the handwriting that as we progressed we got a little tipsy. We also got to bullshitting and maybe weren't as diligent with the notes as we could of been. It scarcely matters. The Capitol Bourbon Committee isn't about formally scoring bourbons; it's about getting together with a few friends and sharing the bourbon experience. A great time was had by all, and we are already planning our future events.