I started my BT Antique collection voyage with this 17 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. At 45% ABV, it is one of the weaker expressions in the Antique Collection (where some are way over 60, and even over 70%), but it’s a good one.
Nose: Sweet N’ spicy with some balsamic,Golden Syrup,and a nutty edge to it, as well as quite a bit of sweet pastries / dough.
Palate: Butterscotch, Wood shavings, Cigar tobacco leaves, leather and dark tea , all engulfed in old wood.
Finish : Wood, leather and bitter tea.
This is a very nice Bourbon, quite thick, and not to alcoholic at 45% and quite sipable neat. It’s nothing amazing, or mind blowing, yet it’s well integrated, and it ages gracefully. If you like Bourbons, and you are willing to take one step into a more complex and older one, this might be a good starting point.