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LUCA MARIANO OLD AMERICAN SMALL BATCH BOURBON
NOSE: Corn | Apple | Hay | Smoke
TASTE: Corn | Mint | Pepper | Green Apple
FINISH: Medium to short with a strong Pepper note
SHARE WITH: Craft Bourbon enthusiasts and people who prefer a very low proof bourbon
WORTH THE PRICE: For me, no. I like high proof and very complex Bourbon. At 83 proof and just over 4 years this is a very basic pour.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: This is a difficult call as it has the foundation of a good bourbon, it just needs to be left at cask strength or even 100 proof. I will go Bar as a simple pour and would probably buy a bottle at a higher proof.
OVERALL: I’m a fan of the folks who are currently making this on contract at Wilderness Trail. Unfortunately, what started as good bourbon has been watered down to 83 proof and all the character went with it. Knowing what is possible with the distillate I’d be happy to try it if/when they release a higher proof version.
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Growing up in Minnesota gives a person a great appreciation for anything that warms the body and soul. Whiskey and wine have been helping to warm Luke for many years. Jim Beam and coke morphed into whiskey waters and eventually Bourbon. Two buck chuck led to several trips to Napa Valley and a love for most varietals of wine. He is fortunate enough to have traveled most of the US through his career in financial services. A beautiful and understanding wife mostly tolerates his other hobbies including golf, hunting, and reading. 2 young kids keep them busy as well. Appreciation for the subtle differences that each decision a distiller makes keeps him coming back for more and has him excited for the future.
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