Johnny Drum Private Stock
Aroma: Very sweet. Caramel, light oak – and banana. Yes, banana.
Taste: Nice complexity. Sweetness at first, then a wave of spice – cinnamon and nutmeg – along with a minty fire that will last into the finish, which is long and bold.
Verdict: This Kentucky Bourbon Distillers product – a Double Gold Medal winner at the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco in 2010 – is a great value at about $25 for the 750ml bottle. It will definitely warm you on a cold winter’s night. After sipping it neat, I decided to open up the flavors and tamp down the fire a bit with a big ice cube.