Name: Virgil Kaine High Rye Bourbon
Nose: Butterscotch, Toffee, Caramel
Palate: Butterscotch, Toffee, Corn, Spice, Apricots
Finish: Short with black pepper and robust tobacco
Overall: Virgil Kaine High Rye Bourbon is a sweet and spicy bourbon with some a decent flavor profile. Let’s dive in an take a closer look. On the nose you can easily detect the butterscotch and caramel aroma which reminded me of a sundae. There is a light toffee scent in there as well. At first sip I was hit with the same butterscotch flavor with toffee close beside, followed by corn, apricots, and a fair amount of spice. The smooth butterscotch and toffee flavors end abruptly as the corn, spice, and fruit flavors take over. The finish is short with a stronger black pepper and robust tobacco taste throughout. I enjoyed the butterscotch and toffee flavors with this whiskey and thought they added a great mouthfeel to the whiskey. I also enjoyed the fact that this whiskey starts out smooth and brings the heat on at the end. The flavors tasted genuine and I enjoyed the whiskey. The butterscotch aroma on the nose is easy to notice even from a good distance from the glass. I enjoyed this whiskey neat for this review but I will be trying it again in a cocktail. Virgil Kaine High Rye Bourbon retails for $27-$35 per bottle.
History: Virgil Kaine spirits are crafted in Charleston, South Carolina and inspired by flavor first. As chefs, we are guided by our years in the kitchen and apply our culinary know-how to each of our unique whiskeys. What sets Virgil Kaine apart is this chef-driven approach to whiskey making and a passion for always sourcing the finest whiskey and the highest quality ingredients.