Straight Edge Bourbon Whiskey
The first time that Joe and I tried this was at the Beer, Bourbon, BBQ festival, an event we’ve probably beaten to death ten times over at this point. You can check out our coverage of that event here. Anyways, I enjoyed it thoroughly, but, I wasn’t exactly what you’d call “sober” during the hours spent there. I figured we’d give it another try with a clean palate and a clear head. I honestly love the minimalist approach to the bottle, and Joe claims that this is one of the best bottles of bourbon he’s ever had around this price-point.
- Distillery: The Splinter Group
- Spirit: Bourbon Whiskey
- Aged: Blend of 5, 7, and 8-year bourbons
- Proof: 84
- Purchase Price: $54.99
Nose: Notes of vanilla play nicely against an oak background. There is a small amount of floral on the backend of the nose that is easy to miss, but definitely present if you look for it.
Palate: Oaky with a nice little note of sweet corn that pierces through it. The port wine flavor is consistent and adds a nice complexity without overpowering the palate. It finishes on a sweet honey and smoke flavor. Straightforward and delicious.
Body: Unlike the name, there is no edge to the sip. Nice and smooth through and through with the faintest bite that lets you know you’re actually drinking bourbon.
Afterglow: The finish is dry and sweet. Dried oak fades into a nice vanilla and honey flavor.
Conclusion: I was rather surprised with this pour. It wasn’t just all the bourbon I had at the festival before trying it. It’s surprisingly smooth with a nice, solid body with good, straightforward flavor. The port wine is not overpowering. Joe is still convinced by the way.