Remarkably similar to the green-labeled Special Reserve, the main difference is an 8-year minimum aged barrel selection process (as opposed to standard 6), which produces a more complex, robust, and refined tasting experience.
Nose: The nose on this bourbon is stunning. Floral notes with cherry and apple on the front, with caramel, vanilla, and oak on the back end.
Palate: The taste is smooth. A very easy drinker. Little to no burn on the tongue. Fruit and sweet on the front of the tongue make way for the oak of the 8-year aged juice. The oak is not overpowering, but it’s definitely noticeable.
Finish: The finish on this bottle was medium at best. It doesn’t linger. It’s tasty and makes a great sipping drink.
Cheers, and enjoy this bourbon!