Shortly earlier than the vacations Stellum Spirits launched one other pair of Black label “specialty blends” rising their billboard of restricted version choices at your native liquor retailer by roughly one other sq. foot. I’ve acquired at hand it to the Barrell group, they play the model saturation recreation simply in addition to their greater rivals, possibly higher, and sometimes with superior merchandise to crowd the cabinets.
For the newest duo, Stellum has dialed again on the astronomical/mathematical backstories, at the very least a little bit. Whereas the bourbon, dubbed Hunter’s Moon, nonetheless has a little bit of the ultimate frontier in it, the rye providing, The Lone Cyprus, is called for the well-known tree on the Monterey peninsula and comes full with some woodsy tasting notes, herbs and pine particularly. Just like the earlier Equinox Mix and Fibonacci Mix, these two are constructed utilizing an alternate mixing profile from commonplace Stellum releases together with a layering of “older reserve barrels.” Let’s test them out.
Stellum Black Hunter’s Moon Bourbon – A reasonably oak-forward mix, even for the Barrell, err Stellum, group, which don’t precisely draw back from burly bourbons. In addition to oak on the nostril, there’s fairly a little bit of creamed corn, suggesting maybe some youth nonetheless within the combine. Dried vanilla bean, noticed mud, and butterscotch candies spherical out an aroma that, whereas minimally candy, nonetheless avoids the rude punch of an oak bomb. On the palate, there’s extra of the identical as this one toes the road into overoaked territory however with usually pleasing outcomes. A darkish caramel sweetness alongside a great deal of well-torched crème brûlée is simply sufficient to maintain the lumberyard at bay. The midpalate is full of cinnamon toast (heavy on that cinnamon) and provides method to a potent pink chili warmth and a dry end of pralines and RedHots. 115.52 proof. B+ / $100
Stellum Black The Lone Cyprus Rye – A very distinctive rye providing that kicks issues off with a sublime, earthy aroma. Inexperienced tea and a little bit of pine resin cleared the path, evoking a glimmer of its namesake. A little bit of rosemary and recent citrus arrive as issues open, adopted by cinnamon, pepper, and peach candies. The palate is a pleasant stability of candy and savory with a little bit of sea salt and natural undertones. Notes of orange peel and ripe peach give method on the midpalate to wintergreen and a warming, peppery warmth. The end is beneficiant with lingering emerald notes of candy grass and inexperienced apple Jolly Ranchers. 115.34 proof. A- / $100
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