Very Olde St Nick Reserve 8 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey
The Old St Nick legend has taken on a life of its own with the advent of the internet, many claiming inside information, or knowledge about who first developed the product and why, it’s original pedigree, the source of its bourbons, and the story behind the eclectic style. The Very Olde St Nick myth is a reality with a wonderful story…in fact many stories. As many as the infinite miniscule number of releases from this highly prized producer for more than 30 years!!
There is remarkably little information out there about this Very Olde St. Nick Estate 8 Year Reserve. Some of the marketing around the Very Olde St. Nick brand seems to suggest that their bottlings can include older whiskey distilled at the legendary Stitzel-Weller distillery, however, exactly which current products, if any, include this famed whiskey in their blends is unknown.
A bitter tart apple hits first on the nose, followed by an interesting salty wood note that mellows into a nuttier oak note over a few moments. There is a fair amount of bitter ethanol coming off of this pour, even considering the proof. Very astringent.
A dry leathery note touches down on the palate first, followed by a fair amount of oak and a big hit of heat. The alcohol is no milder on the palate than on the nose and brings a fairly bitter profile with it.
The finish is medium in length and starts with some fruit notes-the tart apple returns-but quickly dissipates and a slightly bitter oak is left in its place. A little caramel lingers in the corners of the mouth, but it is ultimately outlasted by the oak note and an astringent note, making for a long but dry finish.