Three Chord 12 Year Old Twelve Bar Reserve Bourbon Barrel Proof
Three Chord 12 Year old Twelve Bar Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey is bottled at 107 proof and comes in at a retail of around $75. This 12 year barrel proof bourbon was distilled in Kentucky and Tennessee then “fine tuned” in Michigan. The mash bill is 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley.
The Three Chord 12 Year old whiskey is a minimum of 12 years old and is unique for a few reasons. Once the blend is chosen, a process called pyrolysis is used which entails heating American oak to specific temperatures so that the wood releases specific flavors and aroma compounds. Following this, rhythmic disruption is used to integrate the components of the blended spirit.
inspired by music, Three Chord founder Neil Giraldo’s songwriting background is applied to their “Perfectly Tuned Taste” blending process, known as pyrolysis – heating the oak to release specific flavor and aroma compounds within the whiskey.
Notwithstanding the concerns of purists, the end result revealed in Three Bar Reserve is a delicious one. While the backbone of its Tennessee source is evident, this is surprisingly more complex than expected.
The nose is very unique in that it has the tradition notes of caramel and cinnamon but also has notes of minerals and dried dates. There is also an overwhelming note that reminds me of the Flintstone vitamins that I used to take as a child.
The palate follows the nose and has notes of caramel and cinnamon, but the overwhelming notes are of minerals and the Flintstone vitamin. The bourbon has a medium viscosity but tastes much hotter than the proof would indicate.
The bourbon has a medium finish with the main notes of caramel and cinnamon; however, there is an astringency that lingers and is unpleasant.