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We got a sample of the sought-after Remus Gatsby Reserve. Let's check it out
The Remus Gatsby Reserve is one of the more anticipated releases this season. It’s a 15-year, limited edition Ross and Squibb Distillery release bottled at 97.8 proof. The distillery was kind enough to send the Bourbon Resource a sample, so we’re putting out a special newsletter to cover all aspects of this offering. Let’s get to it.
That is one sexy beast, isn’t it? Chic lines run down the side and have the appearance of wings as the bottle flails outward. The gorgeous insignia on the box is something I’d expect from a high-end cognac container. It’s bourbon eye candy at its best.
Sweet, sweet, and sweeter. Cherry candy and licorice jump out and remain the predominant flavors. I let it rest in my Glencairn glass for a few minutes, tried again, and a got a little vanilla this time but not enough to cut through the cherry. On the nose, it reminds me of the Lux Row 12 year.
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So I let this sit for 15 minutes (that was HARD to do) and took my first small pour, which left me confused at first. Where’s all the cherry? The vanilla? The ….
And then, BAM. This is why you wait to determine quality. I got hit with a taste explosion, a mouth full of warm caramel and butterscotch followed by a little maple syrup so thick it felt like my throat was becoming coated in sweetness. There’s a little oak, less than I anticipated for a 15-year-aged product, and the finish is as long as a passionate kiss. Just a touch of burn, and I mean they good kind that makes you feel all toasty inside. Those flavors stayed with me so long I didn’t take another zip for 10 minutes. I just wanted to enjoy it.
On my next taste, I got a fuller mouth feel from the start, with the same flavors coming through.
What a bourbon.
$199.99 retail, if you can find a bottle.
IS IT WORTH IT?
Absolutely. This special bourbon would go into my top-tier bottles. It’s not a daily drinker only because of the limited availability and price. But it’s worth it. It’s delicious.
Thanks for reading and thank you Ross and Squibb for sharing this exquisite bourbon. Look for the regular November newsletter soon!