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Ammunition Cask Strength Bourbon




Whiskey Review: Ammunition Cask Strength Bourbon

Tasting Notes:

A four-year-old Kentucky bourbon finished for six months in French Bordeaux wine barrels that previously held Ammunition Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon. It is bottled at 110 proof and priced at $84.99.
One is immediately struck by the richer reddish notes of this bourbon in glass, which reflect the wine cask finishing. Both leg structure and viscosity are respectable.
A warm and slightly spicy wine note greets you on the nose, supported by more subtle aromatics of vanilla, toffee, oak, butterscotch, and, bringing up the rear, some very muted almonds.
Upon the first sip, the initial impression is savory and nutty, with a slight warming in the mouth consistent with a cask-strength bottling. Tastes to consider here include distinct almond and toffee characteristics, backed by more background notes of vanilla, oak, cardamon, brown sugar, and a dab of dried raisin.
The finish is well-defined and dry, almost sucking the moisture out of my mouth as it concludes in a long, hang about fashion.
I have always loved cask-finished bourbons and the Ammunition Cask Strength Bourbon certainly fits into this niche, with its six months in ex-Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. It is almost a little too much on the cask finish side, though, slightly drowning out the traditional bourbon flavors you’d expect—still, it is an excellent offering.
Ammunition Cask Strength Bourbon review
We review Ammunition Cask Strength Bourbon, a four-year-old Kentucky bourbon finished for six months in French Bordeaux wine barrels that previously held Ammunition Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon. (image via Daylight Wine & Spirits)

Editor’s Note: We received a review sample of this whiskey from the brand. However, in accordance with our editorial policies, this has not influenced the outcome of our review in any way.

Daylight Wine & Spirits is a relatively new brand established in the Sonoma wine region of California by co-founders Andy Wahl and Bill Kerr. Upon being introduced in 2011, the two set out to carve their own way in the wine world, first buying a few tons of grapes to create their first-ever vintage of 400 cases.

Success soon followed, and as their wine business grew, so did ideas about expanding into other alcohol-related areas, such as spirits. This development occurred after six years, including further time spent doing “countless blends, trials, re-trials, and re-re-trials.” The result was the birth of the Ammunition Whiskey brand, a series of bourbons and ryes typically finished in barrels once housing Ammunition Wines, another label under the Daylight Wine & Spirits portfolio.

What’s in the bottle

The whiskey being reviewed here is Ammunition Cask Strength Bourbon. Distilled, aged, and finished in Bardstown, Kentucky, this four-year-old bourbon, made from a special mash bill of 70% corn, 20% rye, and 10% malted barley, was finished for six months in French Bordeaux wine barrels that previously held Ammunition Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bottled at 110 proof, this single-year, double barrel cask strength bourbon is priced at $84.99.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the former founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award-winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y globally. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert, and judge, he has written extensively about the subject, been interviewed in various media outlets, and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions.

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