This first pour of Frey Ranch Single Barrel Straight Bourbon is splendid. I can't wait to see how this opens up in a few weeks. Anyway, here are some quick tasting notes.
The nose is nice and chewy with a molasses and oak mix that is not sweet—very subtle cherry and vanilla cream. No ethanol is present.
The nose is a glimpse into the future of what you will taste with Frey Ranch Single Barrel Straight Bourbon: molasses, seasoned honey oak, and salted caramel. Surprisingly char-heavy and a little thin. However, none of these attributes are particularly sweet. It could definitely use more aged oak to tame the 136.90 proof and make it an easier neat-drinking straight bourbon. There's a little mintiness on the mid-palate and beyond. The taste profile is not particularly unique. Hot!
The finish is like a radiator in your esophagus but very dry, featuring mint, chocolatey dark roast coffee, tobacco, and oak. There is little sweetness in Frey Ranch Single Barrel Straight Bourbon. Because of this, many bourbon purest will love it.