J.W. Kelly and Co. Old Milford Single Barrel Select Double Oaked Bourbon is a surprisingly delightful tasting experience that deserves to be on your radar, especially at the $49.99 price point. The bourbons making up this whiskey are aged between five and eight, and this wonderful palate reflects the older aged whiskeys. Here are my tasting notes.
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: 80
This double-oaked bourbon features ethanol, dark berries, and creamy light brown sugar. Very mild oak and nutmeg spices. After a few sips of J.W. Kelly and Co Old Milford Single Barrel Double Oaked, the nose combines caramel, butterscotch, and toasted char.
Palate Review - Rating: 85
The palate of J.W. Kelly and Co Old Milford Single Barrel Double Oaked is surprisingly sweet, oaky, and easy to sip at 109 proof. It has a robust caramel taste with a little spicy kick. Once the sweetness subsides a little, it does not go away, and then leathery tobacco and baking spice notes (nutmeg and cinnamon) kick in. J.W. Kelly and Co. Old Milford Single Barrel Double Oaked is a good-tasting bourbon, especially if you like whiskeys on the sweeter end. Very good! Its mash is comprised of 75% corn, 20% rye, and 5% barley, and the spiciness on the mid-palate and beyond keeps the sweetness in check. Then, there is the wonderfully creamy and mildly oily mouth feel. This straight bourbon whiskey blends bourbons between five and eight years. This blend is then barreled in heavily toasted flash-charred oak barrels that create mild maple notes. Interestingly, the charred taste is not heavy but is present and tempers the sweetness. An almost light malt quality is layered well below these other notes. I am really enjoying the taste of this.
Finish Review - Rating: 78
The heat of the finish is almost nonexistent, although the flavor notes reflect a slightly dryer version of the palate with oak and nutmeg. The warmth is meager and maintains a little bit of the sweetness from the palate.
Uniqueness Review - Rating: 79
Nice complexity on the palate.
Value Review - Rating: 81
Even though some aspects of the J.W. Kelly and Co. Old Milford Single Barrel Double Oaked tasting experience are average, this is worth a purchase at $50-$60 simply because of the strength of the palate.
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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