Sorry I'm late again. Even though I was on vacation for the past week, it was a "working" vacation.
FWIW, I've debated long and hard about what to do for the BOTM this month. I finally said to heck with it, and decided to make AA BIB the BOTM because it's one of my personal favorites. What can I say? It isn't being made any more, but I know of at least a few members here that have had the pleasure. So, here we go…..
As for me, I truly love AA BIB. It isn't very often that I lament the losing of age statements on some bourbons, or the discontinuing of certain bottlings over the last few years, but AA BIB is one that I truly regret isn't being made any more. The nose is wonderful. Reminiscent of some of the old ND dusties. Caramel and butterscotch, with no questions asked. The flavor is just as good, if not better. There's a hint of oak and smoke, a little spice, and a nice bit of sweetness with caramel and butterscotch overtures. Nice and smooth, yet with a somewhat understated richness and viscosity that almost defies explanation. All of this is combined in an extremely well balanced, great tasting bourbon IMHO. To me, it's at the very least the equal, if not the better of EW BIB and HH 6 yr BIB. It ranks up there in my top ten, if not my top five favorite bourbons.
Let's hear it for AA BIB!
Cheers and happy posting.