Tasting Notes: Old Soul Single Barrel Cask Strength Hokus Pokus 2022 Private Selection

Hokus Pokus has sourced another barrel from Old Soul in Mississippi, with this one not being a particularly high rye bourbon, but rather one with a mashbill 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley. I believe this has been sourced from MGP and aged mostly at Cathead Distillery in Mississippi. Uncut and unfiltered, this weighs in at a hefty 126.75 proof. This bottle cost just under $75.

First off, the color on this bourbon is really quite dark, with some lovely mahogany pretty much throughout the dark amber. This whiskey has obviously seen a great deal of barrel influence. On the swirl is a big thick film with long legs. On the nose is heavy caramel, vanilla, and oak. On the palate is big caramel and Caribbean vanilla, along with candied cherries in syrup. The mouthfeel is super thick and rich – truly amazing. On the finish, the caramel and candied cherries linger and linger along with some clove notes, while turning slowly into drying oak.

I frankly like this better than Old Soul Tintype. This barrel is on the level flavor-wise with the MGP barrels Nashville Barrel Company is sourcing. However, the mouthfeel in unique – extremely thick and syrupy. This particular barrel evaporated more water than alcohol, leading to both the higher proof and the amazing mouthfeel. From what I have been told the bottle yield on these barrels was pretty low. So, if you happen to stumble upon a store pick like this, count yourself lucky and pick it up!

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