Not long ago NCABC had a sale on Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve 100 Proof so I snagged a bottle. With a price of admission of 30 beans and a 100 proof alcohol level it should have been a slam dunk. I opened the bottle thinking the skies would part and the sun would shine bright upon my glass of heaven. Unfortunately that was where it ended. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this Bourbon, but it’s kinda boring. I like a little complexity when I leave the bottom shelf. Anyway, the aroma presents with brown sugar and sherry and a waft of alcohol along with some oak and leather. The flavor is rather weak with more brown sugar and sherry and a bit of leather. The finish is warming with alcohol and lasting sherry pleasantly fading into the aftertaste. While the Bourbon is good, it just isn’t complex enough to command a price point above 30 bucks and so it’s one and done for me. Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself as palates tend to differ.

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