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Bulleit's First Age Statement Bourbon

Jack Bettridge
Posted: April 5, 2013

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PALATE: In the mouth, it follows much the same pattern as the nose, showing off its sweet side up front with orange, cherry and intense honey notes. After drying a tad, it elicits spice before signing with some woody, toasty, nutty notes. A fascinating ride.

FINISH: The tour shuts off a bit abruptly at the end and then starts back up with a bit of lemon drop and that wily nuttiness again. While still not a long finish, it's an interesting coda to the journey.

CIGAR PAIRING: Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Box-Pressed Torpedo (6 1/4 inches by 52 ring gauge, $10.10, 88 points, June 2013 Cigar Aficionado) This softly pressed torpedo wears a streaky wrapper and smokes evenly. It's peppery with traces of sweetness and a toasty nutmeg finish.Very unexpected outcome. The cigars nuanced cedar and pepper suggested a piling on effect or even a clash with the spice of the Bulleit, but what actually occurred was a transformation in which the honey came out full frontal with an exploration into the mellower side of both. The RP became deeper and more robust. The whiskey got heartier with less tang. Very successful pairing that revealed a new side to each participant.

Curivari Buenaventura (6 inches by 60 ring gauge, $5.90, 89 points, June 2013 Cigar Aficionado) Attractively pressed, this large cigar draws evenly, showing a creamy, woody smoke with touches of spice and toasty finish. A one-sided pairing . The whiskey works charms on the cigar making it bigger and rounder, but the cigar tends to make the Bulleit sticky and over sweet with some off notes.

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Spence Harris April 15, 2013 3:29pm ET

Love this bourbon!! I love smoking a mild to medium cigar with this!!!

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