Milam & Greene 12 Year B&B Private Barrel Bourbon
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Milam & Greene was created by founder, Marsha Milam, whiskey expert and master blender, Heather Greene, and Kentucky veteran master distiller, Marlene Holmes. The charming distillery sits in the lush Texas Hill Country where the hot summers, mild winters, and wild temperature variances add spark and personality to their spirit. As their own distillate ages, they have released several stellar sourced whiskies, from their standard bottling of port finished rye to some very well aged cask strength bourbons. The most delicious of those well aged and cask strength barrels have been earmarked for their single cask program, and our 12 Year Bourbon is one of the first available in California!
This particular barrel originally hails from Tennessee, though we had a hard time believing it ourselves, as it plays against type in almost every way. Going by palate alone, it feels like a slightly oakier, more mature and nuanced Eagle Rare, with the wood integration elegantly balancing the sweetness. The nose is immediately fruity, with ripe peaches, and Luxardo cherries, followed by brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, and a hint of herbal rye spice. There is a big hit of tart cherry, creamy vanilla, a touch of caramelized banana, ginger spice, and a mustiness in the background that brings forth a finish heavy on the rye grain and nutmeg. A truly exceptional barrel, bottled at a cask strength 106.1 proof.