Ezra Brooks 7 years Barrel Strength

"I can see why people love this with its bold flavours and wonderful balanced palate"

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This bourbon is not (yet) distlled by Lusco’s own distillery, which they completed in 2018. Instead is has been sourced at their Bardstown neighbours on Heaven Hill. Luxco possesses a bourbon portfolio that includes other bourbons like Rebel Yell, Ezra Brooks, Yellowstone, David Nicholson, and Blood Oath. The company is a non-distiller producer and has been said to have sourced their bourbon from Heaven Hill. Their won distillery will start to produce the bourbon for the their own brands and will replace the sourced spirit. The brand Old Ezra has a long history dating back to the 1950s and was acquired by Luxco in 1993. This sourced 7-year-old at cask strength has made many bourbon lovers enthusiastic and gathered high rates around the globe. 

Nose

Typical rye nose (I think) with a clear sweet site. Caster sugar, mint tea, chocolates, varnished wood and a sweet citrus note. Then more rye bread and roasted pumpkin seeds. Then more wood, but also more fennel, dill and aniseed. Really beautiful! Lots of oranges, caramelised lemon skin, caramelised ginger and smoked wood. Vanilla is definitely there, but instead of a disturbance it causes close harmony with the other scents. Then more spices enter, more wood spices. Nutmeg, cardamon and pepper. Mixed with orange they are clearly present, but again the balance is present. 

Taste

Fierce with a evident alcohol kick, but when then retreats I get beautiful rye bread, fresh pumpkinseed bread and mint tea. The latter sweetened and particularly strong. Caster sugar, smoked polished wood, candied oranges, lemon-lime soda, the initial palate leans much more towards the bourbon side. More wood spices (nutmeg, cardamon, curry) mingled with citrus peel. Toast (the rye bread is mostly gone), dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Long bitter, slightly fruity and very spicy finish.

Overall

I must confess that I guess this was a rye. My shame… However, I also found that this was a very good one with lots things to love. Massive flavours with a good balance. I can imagine why many bourbon drinkers have become fans, which (on the downside) has made it a difficult one to find at this moment. Let us hope they find another set of barrels that are just as good until their own is ready.

  • Review 2020-029
  • Bourbon
  • Heaven Hill Distillery
  • Luxco
  • 7 years old
  • Bottled in 2018
  • New American oak barrels
  • Caramel-coloured
  • Chill-filtered
  • 58.5
  • Undisclosed number of bottles
  • ±40-50
  • Difficult to find
  • Whiskybase #120167

What others say

Whiskybase: 84.91 (25 votes) * @BreakingBourbon: 3/5 * @Distiller: 87/100 * TheWhiskeyWash: 4/5 * DrinkHacker: A- * WhiskyAdvocate: 94/100
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This samples was part of organised by Whisky4all!

Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
65%
Sweet <-> Spicy
65%
  • Oranges
  • Spices
  • Vanilla
Nose 88.5%
Taste 88%
Balance 88%
Depth 87%
Finish 87.5%
Score