The Burning Chair

Intro:

Intense and expressive, this is the first release of Dave Phinney’s highly anticipated four year-old Bourbon. Each barrel is hand-selected for it’s unique attributes by Dave. The youngest Bourbon in the blend is four years old. Tiny lots are procured from Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee. Each barrel brings something special to the final blend. Aged for a minimum of four years in new charred American oak barrels and then uniquely finished in wine barrels from Dave’s Napa Valley Cabernet projects.

Review:

First of all, really cool bottle…and it is squatty in stature and will fit nicely in the center (room restricted) row of my bourbon cabinet.

Nose - First whiff produced a slight fume…not as much a eye clinching, reeling back fume but more of a chemical fume aroma. Second draw, not as bad…in fact, the more I sniff it, the better it smells. As far as any notes go, I don’t get the traditional vanilla or caramel…instead I get a faint aroma of what I can best describe as a banana Now and Later. Maybe a hint of oak on the backside. No spice really.

Taste - First sip, no heat whatsoever from lips to finish. A very slight warming of the chest with the finish. It’s a kind of dull flavor…not bad, just not exploding with memorable flavor. I like it but it doesn’t wow me. Specific flavors: a light cinnamon spice and a bit of vanilla. I like it, but not for the 50 bones I paid.

Is it worth the $?

I like it in my collection and like it overall…again, more at a mid 30s range would be appropriate.