Decided to repeat a past taste off of AAA 10 yr versus AAA 10 star in a blind SBS. Still leaning towards the 10 star. . . . On the nose, I get more oak from the 10 yr as one might expect, but not as much caramel as I do in the 10 star. . . . Adding a couple drops of water to each separates the men from the boys, but again - not fairly. The 10 yr doesn't take even a few drops well, and is diluted and thin, where the 10 star is just as nice, maybe even a bit better.
Precisely, I've long been a proponent of balance over mere age. Traditional Bourbons made in the traditional way peak between 6-8 years if not sooner and after peaking the barrel influence takes over.
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