Bourbon, Beacon Small Batch

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I get some very clear citrus notes in the aroma, specifically orange and lemon along with some honey sweetness. It’s delicious and inviting and reminds me of a hot toddy.

Taking a first sip, what gets me first is the heavy oak flavors. There’s some good vanilla and caramel notes in there, along with some cinnamon and nutmeg spices to make things interesting. As the flavors fade, the peppery spice from the rye in the grain bill really comes into its own, adding a bit of a kick that I really love and appreciate in my bourbons.

The whole thing is sweet and spicy, flavorful and delicious. There’s no bitterness or bite, it’s just awesome all around.