With Bib &Tucker 6-Year-Old Small Batch Bourbon, I quickly realized that once you pour this bourbon into a glass, you need to let it sit for a minute or two if you want to enjoy its nose to the fullest. The nose is very mild right after you pour it, but it starts to come alive after it has been in the glass for a minute. There is a richness of caramel, although it is not very strong.
There is vanilla and strong ethanol on the palate on the first sip. The proof feels higher than its 92 proof, so I put the glass down for a minute, preparing for the next tasting. Then, I immediately got a sharp peppery oak flavor that was somewhat unusual.
Bib &Tucker 6-Year has a different experience than my initial tastings of it. I remember it having more of a sweet oak taste than a moderately bold black pepper oak. Strange. I am getting little to no complexity in the palate and minimal deviation from the unremarkable pepper and oak. As I said, the sweetness is trying its best to peek through, but it is having a hard time.
There’s a decent peppery finish of moderate length; however, there is no flavor complexity.