Bourbon: David Nicholson “Reserve” (Luxco Brands)
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Proof: 100.0 Proof (50.0% ABV)
Distilled at: Not Disclosed
Nose: The rye in the mash bill provides fruity notes of red apple, orange peel, vanilla, and cinnamon.
Palate: Initially sweet vanilla, toffee, followed by seasoned oak. Well balanced overall and a couple of drops of water round out the flavor adding a bit more caramel.
Finish: Long finish, that, similar to the 1843 offering, has lots of oak and spice. For 100 proof, there’s not much heat and the oak is prominent but not tannic and drying. Well balanced flavor.
Geek Fact: The David Nicholson brand got its start in the backroom of a grocery store in St. Louis, Missouri. The brand was primarily sold in St. Louis until after Prohibition when it was acquired by Stitzel-Weller. The brand was later purchased by Luxco in 2000. Unlike the wheated sibling offering David Nicholson “1843”, David Nicholson “Reserve” is a rye based mash bill consisting of 78% corn / 10% rye / 12% malted barley. It was created by Lux Row Distillers (Luxco distilling branch) Head Distiller, John Rempe, who also developed Rebel Yell 10-Year and the Blood Oath series. In 2017, “Reserve” beat out contenders like Old Forester 1920 in the San Francisco Spirits Competition in the Best Straight Bourbon category. While Luxco has historically been a NDP, they recently opened their own distillery, Lux Row Distillers, in Bardstown, Kentucky in the Spring of 2018. #Cheers
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