Two years ago, we reviewed Daylight Wine & Spirits’ Ammunition Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels. Today, we swing back to try the new cask strength release of the same whiskey. The earlier bourbon was bottled at 90 proof and this one is bottled at 110, but there are additional differences that go beyond abv. The whiskey we reviewed in 2021 was a blend of 2, 3, and 4-year-old bourbons that were finished for at least 3 months in wine barrels. The Cask Strength is drawn entirely from 4-year-old bourbon and then finished for a minimum of 6 months in wine barrels. That adds up to more time in both new oak and ex-Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Very promising! Let’s see how that extra time influences the whiskey.
Right from the start, the extra time in barrels appears in the nose, which shows more balance and depth than we find in its younger sibling. The grainy notes and roasted peanuts are still there, but now they are rounded off by sweet corn and rich caramel followed by a touch of raspberry preserves. The beefy note that appears on the palate in the younger whiskey launches this one as well, and there are still notes of butterscotch and vanilla, but here the notes come together more harmoniously. Water helps open up the whiskey’s layers, and I recommend a splash. The finish is long and brings bold wood tannins along with the light note of raspberry preserves that appeared on the nose. The Cask Strength costs a bit more, but I think it’s worth it. I’m curious what further time in cask might bring to this agreeable bourbon.