If you’re a whiskey enthusiast, September is synonymous with Bourbon Heritage Month. It’s during this time that renowned American distilleries unveil their highly anticipated annual releases. Among these is the coveted Remus Repeal Reserve, an allocated whiskey that never fails to captivate my taste buds. While each edition has its own unique character, the standout has undeniably been the remarkable Series V from 2021, which earned the prestigious titles of “Best Bourbon” and “Whiskey of the Year.” However, Series VI (2022) didn’t quite live up to its predecessor’s lofty standard.
Now, with the recent release of Series VII in 2023, it’s time to explore the latest offering from Remus Repeal Reserve. Boasting an ABV of 50% (100°) and a suggested price of $99.99 for a 750ml package, this bourbon is crafted using a 100% MGP (now Ross & Squibb) mashbill. Let’s delve into the intriguing blend of:
- 2007 Bourbon: 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% malted barley (6%)
- 2013 Bourbon: 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% malted barley (26%)
- 2013 Bourbon: 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% malted barley (26%)
- 2014 Bourbon: 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% malted barley (21%)
- 2014 Bourbon: 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% malted barley (21%)
As luck would have it, I still have bottles of both Series V and Series VI, allowing me to conduct a proper comparison after I #DrinkCurious. I must express my sincere thanks to Ross & Squibb for providing me with a sample of Series VII in exchange for an honest review.
Drinking this bourbon neat from my Glencairn glass, I couldn’t help but admire its rust-colored hue. The liquid formed a thin rim, exhibiting thick, wavy tears.
Upon nosing, a symphony of aromas emerged: rye spice, brown sugar, maraschino cherries, ancient oak, tobacco, and vanilla. As I sipped the bourbon, spiced nuts danced on my palate.
The texture was perfectly oily, allowing the bourbon to glide effortlessly across my palate and down my throat. The initial flavors revealed notes of thick caramel, raisins, and dried cherries, followed by hints of cinnamon, candied pecans, and tobacco. The finish featured a delightful blend of charred oak, clove, and rye spice.
The finish lingered, leaving behind a medley of charred oak, cinnamon, dried cherries, caramel, leather, and tobacco.
Bottle, Bar, or Bust
In all honesty, I thoroughly enjoyed my pour of Series VII. Its profound depth and harmonious combination of flavors surpassed my expectations. Now, let’s compare it to Series V and Series VI.
Starting with Series VI, the nosing experience of Series VII completely eclipsed it. Last year’s release seemed almost muted when tasted alongside the 2023 edition. Despite sharing the same proof, Series VII possessed an undeniable punch that prevailed over its predecessor. Although Series VI had a slightly longer finish, my verdict is clear: Series VII reigns supreme.
Moving on to the reigning champion, Series V. Once again, Series VII surpassed it in terms of complexity and aromas. However, Series V’s taste was a revelation that left me in awe. Although this year’s release boasted bolder spiciness, it wasn’t enough to dethrone Series V.
Despite falling short of the remarkable Series V, Series VII still deserves a resounding “Bottle” rating. It’s a delectable bourbon that demands attention and guarantees a memorable experience. No buyer’s remorse here. Cheers!
My Simple, Easy-to-Understand Rating System
- Bottle = Buy It
- Bar = Try It
- Bust = Leave It
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