Starlight VDN Finished Bourbon #22-2132-1|
I couldn't wait to crack this bottle. I love bourbons that have orange peel on the palate. It's a great addition to the sweet and spicy mix of a bourbon. The VDN (Vino De Naranja) is a great way to impart that flavor. Occasionally, some of the VDN finishes can be overpowering. This bourbon aged in the VDN casks for 14+ months. That means the bourbon and VDN had time to truly age and interact. This barrel is probably the longest VDN finished bourbon ever released. The alcohol and flavor integration is unreal with this bottle. You'll see some special notes in our tasting notes. Enjoy!
Tasting Notes: The nose has a more traditional bourbon balance, not leading on to a heavy finishing. Creamy orange spice cake, toffee, and a little chocolate.
The palate is one of the most rounded mouthfeels I’ve had out of Starlight - chewy and nougaty with comfortable citrus oil gently nipping at the sides of the tongue and a creamy, brown sugary oak linger.
The finish of this one highlights the integration of the finishing. Creme Savers hard candy, maple cotton candy, peach soda, and a softer leather note continuing on. Just a really great example of Starlight doing what they do best.