Gulf Coast Distillers opened up down in Houston a few years ago and more recently released 3 batches of 15 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with the mystery 78.5/12/8.5 mashbill that so many 15 years have been lately. I believe the first batch was either distillery or Houston only but batches 2 and 3 hit Austin so naturally I grabbed a few bottles.
Age: 15 years
Nose: Sweet and rich with peanut brittle, oak and faint baking spices.
Taste: Oak forward with some tannins balanced by sweet caramel with some spice for depth. Pleasant mouthfeel that’s inline with what I expect for the proof
Finish: Long, slightly dry, oaky finish with a bit of heat as well.
2 Stars - Very good whiskey: I would want to have a bottle
Age: 15 years
Nose: Darker than Batch 2 with leather, rich oak, caramel and a hint of roasted nuts.
Taste: More leather and oak from the nose, the sweetness is more of a vanilla cream than caramel, plenty of warm spices and only hints of nut. Great, viscous mouthfeel.
Finish: Medium to long finish with fading vanilla and leather then lingering oak and spice.
3 Stars - Excellent whiskey: I would be willing to hunt down a bottle
These two batches definitely hit different ends of the old Beam spectrum. Batch 2 is all wood and nuts while Batch 3 is more leather and spice. When I tried them individually I thought it would be really close but side by side the B3 was my winner. No losers here though! Both batches were very tasty and I am looking forward to the rye they are releasing soon.
TL;DR: Both goats are great older bourbons but Batch 3 was my winner.
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