Jos. A. Magnus & Co. (13 years old) "Joseph Magnus" Barrel #1384 K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)

SKU #1449232

As the craft whisky boom continues to spread across the country, we're seeing more and more distillers begin to offer up single casks. Often that means we're looking at something young or innovative. Maybe some kind of barrel finishes or unusual mash bills designed to enhance the young whiskey prowess. Sometimes this works, other times it just doesn't. But a few smart distillers got in early enough to have secured some decent stocks of older whiskey from larger distillers. The three obvious culprits are Willett, High West and Smooth Ambler. Each have made a name blending and bottling stocks from other distillers while their own production matures. Another outfit has come online recently that's becoming a darling of the drinking cognoscenti. The Joseph Magnus Distillery has been making waves recently with their hard-to-get blends of bourbons from multiple distilleries, usually finished in various wine casks. When they offered to sell us a single cask, I was concerned as it's difficult to gauge how the wine finishes are going to turn out. But I had it all wrong. These guys were willing to bottle single casks of old whiskey from MGP at full strength without any bells or whistles. We've seen these very whiskies explode on the after-market and I was downright shocked that they'd be ready to part with the old stock. A throwback to a time when well-aged bourbon was taken for granted. Distilled just a week before our previous pair of casks on 5/20/06. 70/20/10 corn/rye/malt.


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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2019 | Send Email
The Magnus 1384 has an incredibly compelling nose. Light, brighter touches along with richer fruit tones. There's almost an unmistakable cherry note here, along with broader strokes of vanilla, clove, ceder. Medium-full on the palate, this is a gorgeous, layered mix of big fruity character and lighter spice notes. Total after dinner whiskey that is totally delicious.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2019 | Send Email
The minuscule yield of 109 bottles from this ultra dense 13 year old MGP is insane. Cotton candy and maple syrup flourish on the nose. Sweet molasses and cola takes over on the palate. Salt water taffy adds a zip and freshness that feels like you're walking down the boardwalk and a hint at the fruit component underneath it all. Lifted on the finish this barrel feels cool and inviting. A peak at the alcohol indicates 51% ABV - quite satisfactory for a bit of punch, but supremely soft and easy to drink neat. Another special barrel from Magnus' selection of fine MGP distillate.

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Varietal:

Bourbon

Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Alcohol Content (%): 51.86