Texas-based Milam & Greene keeps making waves, its latest bottling being the second limited edition bourbon in its Castle Hill Series. Like Batch 1, this is sourced stock from Tennessee (unstated, but Dickel). Again the 26 barrels that go into the blend are all at least 13 years old. (M&G breaks down their ages to the day: ranging from 13 years, 10 months, 17 days to 14 years, 3 months, 6 days.) Note: This is probably the final Castle Hill release, so get it while you can.
Let’s dig in to this highly limited release and see how it fares.
This is a beautiful whiskey from start to finish. The gorgeous nose features old wood and tons of spice, silky vanilla, some cocoa powder, and ample fruit — apple and some cherry. Raisiny notes emerge over time. The body is so mild you will immediately forget this is a 55.5% abv bottling. Lush with vanilla and baking spice on the palate, the whiskey soon segues into more of those fruit notes evident on the nose, turning quite minty as it heads toward the finish. Again, more chocolate here, giving it a slight Andes mint character, though a bit of grippy tannin reminds you that you’re dealing with an older, cask strength release.
Top shelf stuff, and probably already sold out.
A / $150 / milamandgreene.com