Barrel Strength Beauty

Distiller: Lux Row

Release: 2018

Bourbon: Old Ezra Barrel Strength “7”

Region: Bardstown, Kentucky

Price: $40

Proof: 117

Age: 7 years

The Barrel Cellar Score: 92

Review Date: 1/31/2019

Color: Rust

Nose: Chocolate covered raisins, oak (neat).  Cinnamon (2 cubes).

Taste: Full bodied, the smoothness of this bourbon is impressive considering the high alcohol content.  First taste (poured neat): leather, raisins, black pepper, and a hint of charcoal.  Drop a couple of ice cubes in your glass and the leather, raisins, black pepper and charcoal remain, but oak comes to the front.  Sustained finish of black pepper and plum.

Assessment: This bourbon holds both character and balance.  I’m sitting here wondering what term to use in place of bromance, as this is a bottle of bourbon not an awesome new best friend.  Bourbomance? Yeah that’s it, bourbomance.  It could be the high proof talking but that’s what this bourbon and I have.  Considering the price point of $40 dollars, this bottle is an inexpensive date.

Old Ezra Barrel Strength 7 is an exceptional value.  92 Points

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