J. W. Rutledge Cream of Kentucky 11.5 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey USA
Nose: Maraschino cherries, cola, vanilla, peanuts, citrus, some astringency (nail polish remover, wood varnish), a hint of confectionery goods.
Palate: Lots of tannins. Sweet. More Maraschino cherries, cola, vanilla. Citrus note from the nose develops into blood orange. Nutty, oaky, caramel. A cotton candy note pops up on the tail end of the palate. The sweetness and lack of spice notes suggest this is a low rye mash bill.
Finish: Medium length. More tannins. Slightly dry. Pipe tobacco, floral, peppery. Blood orange and cotton candy notes from the palate continue and linger on the finish.