Joseph Magnus Triple Cask Finished Bourbon Review
This @josamagnus Batch 100 triple cask was one of the first bottles in my bar on good recommendation from a friend. I am finally getting around to giving it a proper review. Let's see how it tastes!
Company on Label: Jos. A. Magnus & Co
Whiskey Type: Finished Bourbon
Mash Bill Percentages: Undisclosed
Age: 12 years
Further identification: Batch No 100, Bottle No 752/892
Nose: Sweet chocolate & unmistakable sherry. Light, airy spice is almost like an alluring perfume. Sweetness early on is thin in intensity, but delicious in character. Fig. Raisin. Definitely some flashes of dark earthy cognac which drums up more of the dark fruits. Smooth transition into a wonderful syrupy vanilla. Everything about this nose is intoxicating & I haven't even had a sip yet. Following my first taste things definitely turn more towards earthy tones. Dry, dark soil and tobacco swirl together. This gives me the feeling of being in a dark, foggy forest environment. Old broken acorns and chocolate powder are similarly themed. Suddenly things turned much lighter as a blood orange citrus ray of sun shines through. This settled very nicely into a profile that almost resembles Midwinter Nights Dram Act 8 Scene 4; very rye forward plus that tannic sweetness. Tobacco is a recurrent note throughout. Back to very herbal & floral with no more dark earth available to grow in, this glass has bloomed.
Palate: Some citrus pop, followed by the delicious fruit medley I was met with on the nose. Slightly tannic & drying, the extra oak involved here has certainly left its mark. Herbal chocolate notes claw out from under a blanket of molasses & fig. Hints of allspice and pepper are well subdued by the syrupy sweets. Strangely both thick, viscous and coating while also drying; it's like the fruit and the oak are raging a vicious battle back and forth. Some raisin bread... maybe closer to an oatmeal raisin cookie. Very syrupy sweet at the end with heavy cherry and rich oak flavors pulsing through in a very low ethanol delivery. Flashes of tobacco are also present on the palate. Only thing I'd say is missing it a little more linger.