A Little Leathery and Nutty with a Cognac Tinge

Review by Mark Pringle |

79 General Review of Joseph Magnus Bourbon

A little leathery and nutty with a cognac tinge, Joseph Magnus is certainly a bourbon that will appeal to a specific taste profile.

With this review of Joseph Magnus, I am combining my notes from two different reviews. The first review was during a six-bourbon blind tasting, and a lot was going on at that time. However, I wanted to taste this bourbon independent of the other five to ensure the other whiskeys did not taint my palate.



Rating: 79


Ratings breakdown based on a 100 point scale.

  • 90-100 Exceptional
  • 80-89 Very Good
  • 70-79 Average
  • 60-69 Below Average
  • 50-60 Drain Pour

Detailed Tasting Notes

Nose Review - Rating: 84

On the first nosing, I got a floral candy with an almost fruity tinge. After a couple of sips, cotton candy came to the forefront. Additionally, there was a light, sweet caramel aroma. With my second nosing, on a different day, initially, there was a rich caramel nose intermingled with light ethanol, so different than the initial nosing and tasting. After waiting a little bit, very strong crème brûlée with a very soft undercurrent of, possibly, cherry. Between the two tastings, the nose is very, very complex.

Palate Review - Rating: 78

On the first tasting, the taste was a floral oakiness. However, on the second tasting, on a different day, the palate was a little leathery and nutty with a cognac tinge. Sharp spice and black pepper with a slight buttery feel. I have often found that these complexly finished Bourbons (this is triple-finished in Cognac, Oloroso Sherry, and Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks) have great noses but fall short on my palate...especially if cognac is involved. The viscosity is light, a lot different than what you expect from the nosing.

Finish Review - Rating: 80

The finish was longer the first time around—spice and pepper with an evident cognac undercurrent. I would say it’s on the solid end of a medium-length finish. Good, with a moderate cognac kick.

Uniqueness Review - Rating: 85

The blend is certainly unique; triple-finished in Cognac, Oloroso Sherry, and Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks.

Value Review - Rating: 72

Frankly, it was a little too pricey for the experience. Of course, it's hard to keep pricing down when your juice is sourced from MGP.

Author: Mark Pringle
Smell IS taste. I am just a guy who has been hit with the bourbon bug and who has come to the conclusion that life is too short to drink average tasting bourbons. Go Gators!
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