Joseph Magnus Bourbon Pursuit & Keg N Barrel Single Barrel (47.1%): Today I have a Joseph Magnus barrel pick on my desk.. It is a 12 years 6 months old bourbon distilled by MGP Ingredients from a mash-bill of 70% corn, 20% rye and 10% malted barley. The barrel carrying the number #1215 was filled on May 5th 2006 and aged on 6th floor in MGP warehouses.
Color: Amber, dark copper with thin but slow moving legs.
Nose: Baking spices, carrot cake and fried bananas. Cinnamon baked apples, Dulce De Leche ice cream and caramel drops. Magnificent nose with just a good amount of toasted oak...
Palate: Not as sweet as you would expect after the nose. Allspice, metal flask and cumin. Mouth coating but thin... Rosemary, white tea and sage. Herbal, vegetal and metallic... Asparagus, banana peppers and bitter greens.
Finish: Long with red pepper flakes, dandelion leaves and chalk.
Overall: Although the nose and the palate are quite different than each other and although I enjoyed the nose way more than the palate it is still a very solid bourbon. Is it worth the price tag? Hard to say especially with the low bottling proof but I do agree that it is damn tasty. On the other hand it is a 12 years 6 months old bourbon, how many single barrels bourbons at this age can you find around these days? I have to say that I probably wouldn't pay that much again for a second bottle if I was offered but I certainly will enjoy this one till I kill it. Great pick...