You catch the sherry and wine influence right away. The nose is rich and seductive, with notes of citrus, stone fruits, and chocolate, all in a delightful little slurry. There’s a hint of floral here — perhaps it’s the cherry blossoms I’m thinking about — that carries over into the palate, where a wonderful fruitiness washes over the tongue. Bold cherry notes, for a time reminiscent of Beam's Baker's Bourbon (for which I have an unabashed soft spot), make an instant impact — but the experience isn’t all fruit the way Baker’s is. Notes of sandalwood, almond butter, and some butterscotch provide a chewy nuttiness to the whiskey, one which melds nicely with the fruitier attack. The finish sees a bit of barrel char and some beef jerky notes, and the fruit all but vanishes as the more savory components really start to strut their stuff.
It never drinks hot — I would never have guessed this was 94 proof — and there’s such a lovely progression of flavor here that it merits long-term exploration and analysis. Hard to put down.
..this is a huge steal. Pick it up immediately.
Legent™ is a Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey partially finished in wine and sherry casks. But it's more than that. It pushes the boundaries for how bourbons can be created while remaining true to the core of bourbon's principles. It's a collaboration between two whiskey legends – Fred Noe & Shinji Fukuyo – and two unique styles of whiskey making.