On this day in 1933 Prohibition was repealed! The popular vote for the repeal of Prohibition was 74% in favor and 26% in opposition. No better time to get into this Remus Repeal Reserve than today! From the bottle:
Prohibition was repealed in the United States with the passage of the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution. To commemorate this milestone, we created Remus Repeal Reserve. This 2021 limited edition bourbon leads with dried fruit, rich caramel, maple syrup, roasted nuts and leather. The beginning includes rich toffee and vanilla, followed by chocolate, glazed nuts, and oak. The finish offers candied fruit, caramel, baking spice and a lingering oaky rye spice. In short, Remus Repeal Reserve is the best we make. Or as George Remus himself might have said, 'some damn fine giggle water'. Enjoy!
Company on Label: G. Remus Distilling Co.
Whiskey Type: Bourbon
Mash Bill Percentages: 9% 2005 bourbon (21% rye), 5% 2006 bourbon (36% rye), 19% 2006 bourbon (21% rye), 13% 2008 bourbon (21% rye), 54% 2008 bourbon (36% rye). This results in an average rye content of 29.85%
Age: 12 years is the youngest this could be, but an average weighted age of 12.75 years based on the listed years, rounded down
Further identification: Batch V, 2021 Medley
The nosing notes from the bottle are spot on; I'm getting syrupy cherry, pecans, caramel and rosehip. On my first sip I taste a very sweet blend of higher rye content bourbon - there's some baking spice, thick vanilla, plum and fig. After my first sip the nose definitely takes on more of that sweet vanilla hinting towards marshmallow goodness. There's a slightly meaty characteristic that feels tied into the chocolate note. Certainly more oak forward on the nose now. Returning for another sip there are lovely citrus notes that come off sweet and spicy at the same time; culminating in a flavor that reminds me of an English walnut pie.
I can already tell there are many more subtle nuances to this pour that I don't have the time to dig through today on this first pour, but this one gets a clear thumbs up from me.