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The Emperor's New Cloves

Boulder VWF Single Cask Straight Bourbon

92.96 / 100

Fruity & Spicy Flavours

Visual: 4.68 /5  •  Aroma: 24.12 /25  •  Taste: 37.34 /40   •  Finish: 26.82 /30

Dram Code: E79

Producer: Vapor Distillery

Bottler: Boulder Spirits

Type: Bourbon

Cask: Virgin American Oak Barrel

Age: 2

Country: America

Region: Other

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

ABV: 57.6%

Cask Strength: Yes

Release: Single Cask

Price: $182.52 (at time of review)

Dram Code: E79

Producer: Vapor Distillery

Bottler: Boulder Spirits

Type: Bourbon

Cask Type: Virgin American Oak Barrel

Age: 2

Country: America

Region: Other

ABV: 57.6%

Cask Strength: Yes

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

Release: Single Cask

Price: $182.52 (at time of review)

About This Bourbon

Why This Bottle?

This four-way collaboration between Lionheart Spirits, Boulder Spirits, The Victoria Whisky Festival and The Dram Association has finally been released! The Highland Games saw some amazing tasting events this weekend, and The Strath has some wonderful new exclusive whiskies to share in celebration of The Dram Association’s 5th birthday. This one is the very first Strath Exclusive single cask bourbon, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you.

Boulder Spirits makes is probably the most Scottish inspired bourbon in the world. It’s a full spec straight bourbon, ticking all of the boxes required such as 51% corn and asking strength of 62.5%. However, the mash bill is a whopping 44% malted barley, and it’s distilled in Scottish build Forsyths copper pot stills. The result is a bourbon that is simply like no other, and this single cask edition is just one step more unique.

 

 

The Unbottling

 

 

Strath Panel Tasting Notes

The initial nose gave us a wooden spoon full of ripe bananas and cloves. This powerful aroma later gave us a rich and nutty maple syrup – but not overly sweet. The palate, is predictably just as powerful, with more of the classic caramel vanilla notes. There’s black cherry and eucalyptus with dried herb de Provence. Whilst this whisky is big and bold, it’s more refined than the old leather and denim-clad cowboys that might come to mind. It’s more the brazen red velvet capes and delicate silken robes of fairytale royalty.

By Adam Bradshaw on May 22, 2022

Score & flavour profile voted on by members who sampled the whisky

Recent Reviews

How We Review Whiskies

Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don’t like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the whisky, members are invited to choose up to three of the below flavour profiles which they think match the whisky. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the dram.

fresh & floral
eg – blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg – peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg – breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg – raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg – wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

Dram Association Nickname

The nickname is usually given by the writer of the initial review and tasting notes. It is based on their tasting notes and used to refer to the whisky to keep its true identity hidden for those who enjoy blind tasting.