SUNDAY EVENING REVIEW
Christmas is less than a week away and so all the traditions are in full swing. This week I will review a “bourbon” that maybe you will want to add to your future traditions of the season. This week I review Cleveland Whiskey’s Christmas Spice Flavored Bourbon Whiskey. Let’s see if it will make me all jolly or turn into the grinch.
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NAME – Christmas Spice Flavored Bourbon Whiskey
PROOF – 86
AGE – non-age stated
COLOR – toasted sugar cookie (1.3 Russet Muscat on the Whiskey Magazine Color Chart)
NOSE – Candied dried orange slices, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and anise.
TASTE – An iced gingerbread cookie is what I get right from the start. Nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, brown sugar and vanilla. The nutmeg is strong and starts to overpower everything else as it lingers. I get a lot less of the orange on the palate compared to the nose where it hits you right away.
FINISH – I would call this a medium finish. The nutmeg is all you taste at the end.
REVIEW – This is a bottle that is a one time of year and dare I say one night of the year pour. This is a Christmas Eve pour as you nestle in watching a Christmas movie or any other of your Christmas Eve traditions. I think this would be an excellent add to eggnog and I would put it in before you add your own nutmeg as it may do the trick all by itself.
FINAL COMMENTS – Sometimes in life you want the traditions no matter how cheesy they may be. They give you familiarity and a common bond with those that you care about in a world that is in a constant stage of change. This whiskey (I refuse to call it bourbon since they add things that aren’t water to it) has everything familiar with Christmas and obviously that was the goal. Any other random day of the year and you may turn your nose up at this pour but for that one night of the year it may be the very best dram you could pour.
To all of you please take time for yourself, spend time with those that you care about and make time to drink good whiskey with those same people. Merry Christmas to all out there.
To find out more check it out here – Cleveland Whiskey Christmas Bourbon
You can look at all the past Sunday Evenings Reviews and I would still love to hear what your personal reviews are from each of the whiskies reviewed.