I finally allowed myself to empty a PHC Cognac last night. Amazingly, it's the third bottle I've gone through since T-giving last year; I just really like it. Doing a close tasting, I dug some really great kiwi and lime notes out in addition to the more usual bourbon berry flavors. This stuff obviously came from perfectly placed standard HH barrels, and I find the marriage with the Cognac barrels madly amicable.

On an off-palate night, this stuff is only merely decent, but when the time is right, it's a deeply contemplative bourbon. It especially shines when tasted after another HH bourbon, because it presents the best of the HH profile engaged in a luscious, alien finish.