Very recently we attended a whiskey event and came across a bourbon that completely blew our minds. Old Ezra is a Kentucky Straight bourbon whiskey aged for 7-years in new charred white oak barrels. It is barrel strength, bottled at 117 proof and it is distilled at Luxco’s Lux Row Distillers.
Nose: oak, vanilla and toffee
Palate: wood, vanilla, cinnamon, lightly sweet with notes of caramel
Finish: spices, creamy and buttery with a light burn
When I saw that this was 117 proof, I fully expected this bourbon to punch me in the face with the first sip. Although, that is not what happened! This whiskey doesn’t taste like you are drinking barrel strength. It is far from light, but it is creamy, buttery and at times sweet.
The back end does come with a burn but not to the point that other barrel strengths do. It’s a barrel strength whiskey that is actually drinkable and I don’t mean that you can have 3 or more of these and still be standing, but this is a whiskey where a nice dram is perfect. You get strength, in a way that is not too harsh, filled with buttery sweetness and spices.
What is even better than that taste, the cost. I purchased this bottle for $39. I have paid more for whiskies that aren’t good and, not even barrel strength. It is absolutely worth every penny and I do think it’s worth trying. You will not get punched in the face when you try it, but you will be surprised at how good it is.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.