Age: At least 4 years old
Distillery: TC Whiskey (MGP sourced)
Nose: Allspice, Red Apple, Black Pepper, Artificial Banana, Burnt Match, Burnt Toast, Butterscotch, Caramel, Cardamom, Light Cherry, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coffee, Corn Grain, Ginger Spice, Lemon, Oak, Nail Polish, Vanilla
Taste: Warm/metallic mouthfeel. Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves, Rye Grain, Grassy/Floral, Tea, Brown Butter, Caramel, Floral, Fruity, Prune, Vanilla, Bitter Oak, Burnt Citrus
Finish: Long length. Strong rye and corn grain on front palate, followed by rich cinnamon, clove, and brown sugar. Dried fruit, bitter oak, and citrus follow suit and leading into a mildly savory leather and tea forward finish, before turning back into the clove spice medley and grain
Overall: Immediate ethanol punch. Just right up front on the nose and palate. I review things 3-5 times for putting a final stamp on something and that’s where the range of notes come from.
This one just felt all over the place all 4 times I poured it. I love MGP, I have enjoyed everything else from TC Whiskey I’ve had previously, but this didn’t do it for me. Minimum 4 year MGP at cask strength for around $65 isn’t out of the norm these days, but there are other brands I would rather toss my money at for this price.
I don’t hate it, this just fell very mid ground for me. The spice is nice, it showcases the MGP well, but the heavy grain and grass notes seem like they tried to hide some really bad barrels into this batch. It drinks much warmer than 116.6 proof and the best part is the middle of the finish with the sweet notes transforming into spice and leather.
Value Rating: 4.5/10
Total Score: 5.1/10