Blood Oath Pact No. 1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (98.6 Proof)
First Look: "Deep amber in color with a medium length clear hue."
Nose: "…Corn, rye spice, oak, creamy vanilla, and underlying notes of chocolate chip cookie dough."
Corn and rye spice soar from the glass and fold into creamy vanilla and oak tones; after a minute or two in the glass, chocolate chip cookie dough emerges and makes for a complex layered nose.
Palate: "…Cinnamon candy, vanilla, creamy toffee, mocha, spicy oak, and a touch of dried fruit."
The cinnamon candy plays off the vanilla and creamy toffee to make for an enchanting entry; mocha, spicy oak and dried fruit come together to create deep layers of flavor covering the mid palate.
Finish: The finish here is extremely complex and long with a round and layered ending.
Fair Trade: $85
Verdict: Depending on your location, you should find Blood Oath Pact No. 1 for around $80-$99. In that range, it’s worth the price of admission. But beware of retailers pricing this at $119-$159. Please, stay away from price gouging stores which should not be supported.
This new super premium Bourbon comes in a beautiful package and will be making a second appearance in my Whisk(e)y cabinet when Pact No. 2 is released. What a great KSBW blend! Kudos to John Rempe for putting out a quality product.
Extra: John Rempe may be the mastermind and creator of Blood Oath, but what makes him the expert? Three points.
- John is a 20+ year industry expert who started his career crafting fine carbonated soft drinks, fruit drinks, and has created new beverage categories.
- For the past 16 years, he has used his knowledge as a Certified Food Scientist with a bachelor's degree in biology from Saint Louis University to formulate flavors for Pearl Vodka and hundreds of other alcoholic beverages in Luxco’s premium portfolio. Featured in a Sauce Magazine interview, John is referred to as "the mad scientist”, and that he may be, after creating complex flavor profiles, not just for bourbon but, for spirits across the board.
- The ability to create a bourbon as complex, layered and delicious as this Blood Oath Pact No. 1.
I (and you, too, should) welcome him to the premium bourbon category.
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