= Review #116: Good Times Spirits Wine Provisions Chocolate and Cherry Brandy Finished Barrel Strength Rye =

A few weeks ago we recorded a double header podcast with Casey Adler, the owner of The Stockroom speakeasy in Arvada Colorado. His wife Emelye owns the attached liquor store Spirits Wine Provisions and together they picked this bottle. I was intrigued and tried a sample after we recorded the show and it was so bizarre, but amazing in its own right that I had to pickup a bottle and write a review. Well here it is:
Served neat in a Glencairn glass - 57% alc/vol - 114 proof:
**Nose right after pouring there's an explosion of boozy cherry brandy notes. Rich chocolate and spiked cherries shine as other notes like chewy caramel, nougat, toffee, and faint smoky grasses linger in the background. There's some butterscotch upon agitating the whiskey. Overall this smells like an alcoholic Three Musketeers or Butterfinger candy bar. **Palate there's so much rich chocolate and nougat with toffee that just thoroughly coats the palate - it's almost like drinking a barrel proof milkshake at first. The second part of the drinking experience showcases a light spice that plays peekaboo with other boozy fruit notes. The cherry brandy comes through strongly at this part as notes of bringing grape, apple cider, orange, sour cherry, and raisin pop up. **Finish the finish is moderate, but tends to linger. It's also juicy and leathery. There's a nice oak, lightly astringent, but it's greatly overshadowed by rich dark chocolate, more cherry. As other notes fade there's a nice caramel that continues to hand around and eventually transform into faint grassiness with a touch of dill. **Score: 9.0**
Scale:
S+ Sensational - The Pinnacle (9.5+)
A - AXEceptional (astounding) (9-9.5)
B - bravo (step aBove average) (8-8.9)
C - competent (7-7.9)
D - disappointing (6-6.9)
F - flush it down the toilet (fail) (5.9 below)
Bottom line? Love this bottle. I found myself screaming, "WHAT IS THIS multiple times while drinking this because the flavors are so unique and explosive. If the bottlefor a while you can see the chocolate settle to the bottom and you have to stir it up a bit. Additionally if you warm up the whiskey, the nose transforms and becomes even more potent. To top if off this bottle drinks criminally below its 114 proof which might explain how I got so drunk yesterday. If you're interested in learning more about Casey Adler, The Stockroom, and Spirits Wine Provisions you can checkout his podcast episodes here: Episode 1 & EEpisode 2

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