For months I have been trying to figure out my aversion to the finish on Heaven Hill products, this strange peanut flavor on the finish. Thanks to Chuck Cowdery responding to my emails, I finally figured it out. The Beam family, both at Jim Beam and Heaven Hill, uses a particular yeast strain and this yeast strain creates a particular funk on the finish. My palate just seems to be particularly sensitive to it. I really wanted to like bourbons like Larceny; now I know why I don’t like them. I also know not to blow money on a Parker’s or any overly expensive Jim Beam limited releases. Griss just can’t abide the funk tonight.
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