From the aroma through the finish, this whiskey is a pleasant sipper laden with nuances of sweetness and a crowd-pleasing inoffensively silky mouthfeel. For the neat bourbon drinker who shies away from abrasiveness, heat, and the pronounced flavor of oak, or the Kentucky mixologist crafting Derby standbys, Calumet Farm Bourbon is a functional, albeit spendy, bourbon offering.
First wafts bring to mind orange cream popsicles with a ribbon of butterscotch layered. Deeper inhalations find a note of green bell pepper, however subtle, as well as the familiar aroma of squishy circus peanuts. Vanilla and oak are traditionally present yet only notable as a rounding finish to the nose.
At room temperature, the first observation is thinness in the body, which allows the oak and heat to bring balance to the sweet aromas ultimately. Sweet and sticky could have easily been the downfall of this product, but water and excellent blending seem to have been used deftly here. Slightly smoky from char with grassy and woodsy flavors upfront make way for lingering notes of dried apricot, caramel, and candied peanuts.
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