The long awaited second Joseph Magnus pick from Oak Liquor Cabinet arrived yesterday so naturally I went and grabbed one but between the price and my good, but not amazing, experience with the regular Joseph Magnus Straight Bourbon I was a little hesitant to buy multiples. So let’s see if that was the right call:
Age: 12.5 years
Abv: 106.2 proof
Color: A medium copper
Nose: Warm and sweet with predominantly butterscotch and vanilla notes with a hint of warm spice.
Taste: Spicier than the nose but in a good way with more butter scotch and strong baking spice notes with vanilla and oak notes in the background. The mouthfeel is delightfully creamy.
Finish: Long oak forward and slightly dry with lingering brown sugar and warm spice notes.
Nose: All sweetness with rich brown sugar and vanilla notes.
Taste: This was like an extra buttery butterscotch candy with a very creamy mouthfeel.
Finish: Cut very short by the ice this was just a quick note of butterscotch and then a bit of dryness.
I’ll start by saying that I’m definitely going to swing buy tomorrow to get a backup bottle if there are any left! I loved this both neat and on a rock which is great with the weather getting up into the 80s here in central Texas.
This was very similar to the Smooth Ambler Old Scout I have but without the twinge of hot cinnamon at the end which gave it a small boost for me but the lack of cherry notes was a bit of a loss. These two are neck and neck so I’ll have to do a blind tasting round to make a call.
These last two bottles have really brought me around on MGP bourbon and I am determined to try several more now!
9 - a favorite I’d like to keep on my shelf
Fair - Worth the money, happy with my purchase