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Reservoir Hunter & Scott Bourbon

(75cl, 45%)

Reservoir Hunter & Scott Bourbon

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Reservoir Hunter & Scott Bottling Note

While their Bourbon, Rye and Wheat expressions are all made with 100% corn, 100% rye and 100% wheat (respectively), the folks at the Reservoir distillery are also rather accomplished at blending these spirits into fine tipples, too. This is their Hunter & Scott Bourbon, made with a combination of grains - not just one!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Melted chocolate, peach, pistachio ice cream and honeysuckle.

Palate: A slight vegetal hint as it opens, before raisin, caramel and fried banana notes take control.

Finish: Milky coffee, cinnamon and menthol.

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Reservoir Hunter & Scott Bourbon Reviews

Stick to other choices from this distillery

Reservoir makes some great pours, but this isn't one of them. It seems like an attempt to puff up an inferior product with cute label design.

My disaster of a bourbon was from 2017, batch 8, bottle 102, based on the hand-lettered label. If you look close at that label, you'll see it was aged about "5G 1 Year" whatever that means. But it's a young bourbon, not a 17 year old. Small cask aged, which I guess makes up for pure time in the barrel. The label is beautiful though, and gives a sense of craftsmanship.

The bourbon inside is pretty bad. Odd vegetal and chemical notes on the nose compete with and overwhelm a nice oak aroma, and the taste follows through on those notes and adds an unbalanced eucalyptus note, presumably from the rye component. At least some sweetness from the wheat comes through. If the flavor was balanced and lacking strong chemical notes, that rye kick would probably be very nice.

On the positive side, it made a very nice butter-maple-bourbon sauce as a glaze for acorn squash and baked salmon. The bourbon worked well in that context.

26th November 2018

Should have come here first

Took one sip and thought there may have been some wax in the pour. Nope, just very bad bourbon. What a waste

13th October 2018

Not worth buying

For a bourbon that is 17 years old I was hoping for a great bourbon, this one is not. Like the other comments, it has a weird plasticky taste. They should have poured it out instead of bottling it. I will try to chill it and see if that helps but I feel like it won't.

26th August 2018

Don’t waste your money. Maybe their other products are better but ultimately disappointing

I sadly need to concur with the other reviewers. Very odd nose with a distinctly plastic note. While it may be a single grain bourbon, it lacks any of the characteristics of a classic bourbon. The finish is not bad, once the chemical, or perhaps vegetal, notes subside, but this is not pleasant. I had it neat, in a rocks glass, with a small splash of water. Once I added the water, the strong, unusual, notes became pronounced. I would not recommend it, and certainly not for the money. I would much prefer to drink Jack Daniels, and I strongly dislike Jack.

19th May 2018

Not Good

I concur with the negative reviews. Very strange taste. I consider it a waste of $40.

21st April 2018

Worth it

Did a blind tasting at a party with this bottle, makers and weller. Hunter and Scott won.

17th April 2018

Keep looking

Got some plastic/chemical aftertaste. Spend your money elsewhere.

9th April 2018

Awful stuff

Grim in the extreme. Very peculiar on the palate and a very unpleasant finish. Not sure if I can face finishing the bottle unless I drown it in coke. Not nice neat or with ice and ruins a Manhattan or Old- fashioned. Best avoided.

1st April 2018

super bad

Terrible, it thought that it was something wrong with my bottle.

21st March 2018

Rancid

Possibly one of the worst drinks I’ve ever suffered.

2nd March 2018

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