orphan barrel copper tongue 16yr bourbon
From the Cascade Hollow Distillery. Copper Tongue has a surprising mellowness uncommon of a cask strength 16-year-old bourbon. Aromas of almond and toffee give way to reveal a delicate floral perfume. The palette offers a surprising softness with juicy bursts of candied orange.Copper Tongue is a blend of two separate 16 year old lots of bourbon distilled and aged at Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. (the home of George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey). The whiskey was discovered by Cascade Hollow's General Manager and Head Distiller Nicole Austin. Copper Tongue is released at cask strength, which means the bourbon lowered in proof during its time aging in the barrels.
Light smoke combines with cornbread and barrel char to form a delicate base of scents on initial inhale. A stronger pull reveals green apple, a touch of cinnamon, and leather. The overall aroma is quite subtle, with an emphasis on smoke and leather. It's pleasant, but not otherwise notable.
Aged oak and baking spice are dominant and immediate. Rolling the whiskey around in the mouth allows a light fruity note to come through, which is accented by persistent baking spice. It has a strangely thin yet at the same time creamy, a seemingly impossible combination and not a common one either. The thinness is most notable as the flavors seem to try their hardest to make an impression, yet the bourbon manages to coat the mouth with notable texture throughout.
Baking spices persist into the finish, with dry leather and light smoke from the nose returning. A trace of tobacco also comes into play, mixing with wet oak and a touch of barrel char. Medium in length, the finish maintains.
Like many current releases, Copper Tongue originates from Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., the home of George Dickel. While Copper Tongue does offer a twist on the quintessential George Dickel flavor profile, it shares obvious roots.
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