Frank August Case Study: 02 XO PX Brandy Cask Finished Bourbon
The 10 beautifully rare brandy casks that CASE STUDY: 02 were finished in, were first filled in 1992 with very old Pedro Ximenez Brandy (not sherry) for 17 years. They were then dumped and immediately refilled with extra old Pedro Ximenez Brandy from 1948 for an additional 13 years. 30 years of considered and incomparable aging, before they made their way to Kentucky. Still 'wet', they were immediately filled with hand selected barrels of Frank August Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. From there, the blenders began tasting them every 30 days for an undisclosed amount of time until each barrel reached the ideal taste and flavor profile.
The nose opens with notes of baked peaches and dark chocolate, before hints of allspice and oak gradually present themselves. Sweet entry on the palate with subtle spice that builds. Well balanced flavors of fruit, spice and brown sugar begin to develop with a viscosity that is rich and warming. Notes of brandy are clearly present, but restrained, and don't dominate the senses. The finish is full and bright with a medium finish that lingers just enough. At 101 proof, 50.5% abv, the finish is warm and beautifully balanced.