So, once again, for the penultimate time, I find myself at The Rockstone, for another four of the bourbons on the card.
First of today’s four is Seagram’s VO. It has a slightly sweet aroma to it, which also transfers to the taste. It drinks rather nicely, with the burn being more warming than offputting. Seagram’s VO fits in nicely with the types of bourbons that have been my favourites from the three previous sessions.
Next up are two bourbons from Old Fitzgerald, Old Fitzgerald and Old Fitzgerald 1849. The 1849 is slightly darker, which is to be expected from a bourbon that has been in the barrel longer. There seems to be a slight difference in aroma, with the 1849 seeming less sweet.
The standard Old Fitzgerald has a burn that lingers at the front of the mouth. The burn seems pretty much instant in its attack as well. Whereas previous bourbons have had some sort of taste, then an afterburn, this seemingly doesn’t.
In comparison, the 1849 had to linger somewhat longer before some sort of burn starts to kick in. Even then it’s not as strong as the standard Old Fitzgerald. The 1849 also has an aftertaste that comes through after the burn, which is a pleasant surprise.
Last of the session today is Planton’s Special Reserve. It is tempting to work through the remaining four today and get my t-shirt and name on the board, but I feel that a plan should be stuck to, and that another four would have me drunk, rather than just feeling nicely warm and pleasantly happy.
The Planton’s Special Reserve has an unexpected aroma, in that I’ve never detected it before on a bourbon or whiskey, and that is summer fruits. I’ve gone back to it a few times, and it’s definitely there.
There also seems to be summer fruits on the palate as well, a mixture of raspberries and blackberries and strawberries. They’re not overly strong, but they’re detectable, and it makes a pleasant change from all the bourbons that have been either vanilla or burn.
Of this session, The Planton’s Special Reserve has been my favourite. I now have four bourbons left to go. After the next session, I shall be finding a time to drink my favourites from each of the five sessions, in an attempt to determine which one I like the most.
And then, Mission: Ginpossible…