Tasting Notes: Hokus Pokus Barrell Single Barrel KENTUCKY Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Yes, you read the title correctly. Heretofore, every Barrell Single Barrel I have had was Tennessee bourbon from Cascade Hollow. But Hokus Pokus managed to get their hands on a six year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey bottled at cash strength, 120.94 proof. They are selling these for $99. Considering what some 3 and 4 year old cask strength releases are selling for today by say Pinhook, this is a great deal.

This bourbon is a nice solid copper amber with shimmering flecks of gold and mohagony. Medium film and legs on the swirl. On the nose, you are immediately hit with dark fruit and oak overlaying a traditional bourbon nose. Lovely. On the palate, stone fruits and cherries present themselves on the front, with Indonesian clove following thereafter, along with an extremely rich mouthfeel. On the finish, the clove lingers while being met with wonderful oak tannin as the fruits fade and the finish continues to linger.

It is really hard to figure out from which Kentucky distiller they sourced this bourbon. There is an absence of grassy rye notes, but this isn’t wheated either, so I am thinking this is a really good low rye bourbon. My best guess, and this is only a guess, is that this is a barrel of Four Roses OESO (you read that right as well, the low rye heavy fruit one) that set next to a window in their single story rickhouses that lost water and not alcohol as it aged.

While its true origins may remain a mystery, I think it is awesome that Barrell is now selling single cask strength bourbons from Kentucky and not just Tennessee. So, even if you don’t live next to a Hokus Pokus, being on the lookout for these Kentucky sourced single barrels. Good on Hokus Pokus for buying one. This is a really amazing bourbon.

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