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Beast Masters Club Bee’s Knees 2019 Barrel #1
Barrell Bourbon 14 Year
These huge bad boys were so on-the-money that we gobbled up all three barrels without hesitation. To put it simply - these are going to be the best barrels we put out this year! So we figured it would be apropos to dub these three barrels "Bee's Knees 2019" and start an annual tradition of awarding Bee's Knees status to our favorite run of barrels.
This one comes in at cask strength 110.5 proof, un-chillfiltered, straight-from-the-barrel. First of all it's dark as night. The nose smacks you with a fierce cinnamon bomb (cinna-bomb?) and miles upon miles of charred white oak. Some folks say that the sweet spot for bourbon is 8-10 years, but we challenge anyone to crack this bad boy open and not admit that the extra years of aging do absolutely incredible things. It's got all the characteristic things we look for in bourbon - vanilla, molasses, chocolate, charred wood mixing with tobacco and leather. But also this huge note of tart chocolate covered cherries. It's almost like flat Dr. Pepper.
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#35: Nicolas Palazzi of PM Spirits
For our 20th private barrel, we wanted to do something really special. When we found this single cask of 30 year Argmagnac, we knew we'd done just that. Nicolas Palazzi from PM Spirits educates us on all things Armagnac and samples us on several private casks including our beautiful 30 year.
We've been hearing that Armagnac is the "next big thing" but we didn't believe it. That is, we didn't believe it until Nicolas Palazzi of PM Spirits poured us the most incredible 30 year single cask we've ever tasted. Armagnac is incredibly diverse becase in addition to the different distilling and aging techniques, there's a vast difference in grape varietals. Nicolas has discovered some true gems in Armagnac production. These are tiny family operations that produce only a few casks per year. The 1988 Chateau de Leberon was placed in a "black oak" cask made from local timber straight out of the small traditional column still with no water or additives. It aged beautifully for 30 years and was bottled unfilitered, at cask strength. It's totally undiluted, pure, straight from the cask spirit, and was one of the most stunning drams we've ever tasted!