Rock Hill Farms Ė late 90s edition (gold chain, etc.)
Appearance: Orange-copper with rich golden caramel hues. Unbelievable legs Ė the best Iíve ever seen.
Nose: Corn husk and vanilla at first. Disappointing. Then: Demerara sugar, cotton candy, marzipan, leather, and candy corn in a single brilliant second wave. Wow. This is only my second pour of RHF, and the first was at the end of a very long night. I donít remember the nose at all, but this is outstanding. The hint of leather keeps the scent from becoming cloying.
Flavor: Toothache sweet butterscotch and honey on the front of the palate. A whiff of smoke, then leather and a hint of tobacco. Walnuts and wood round it out. This is not nearly as earthy as some other BT bourbons, and I really like it. Mid-afternoon itís a bit much, but after dinner, I think it would be great.
Finish: Long and sweet. Alcohol lingers a bit, but the marvelous butterscotch overwhelms it.
All in all, a sweet bourbon that I wouldnít want just any time, but which I would only ever drink neat. I really enjoy the richness of this, but it isnít as complex as Iíd expected. Thatís not a knock on it, but it does reflect my love of rye and spice.
Rocky Patel The Edge Toro Ė Natural
Appearance: Smooth, lightly veined, dark caramel wrapper. No flaws.
Aroma: Chocolate and nougat, earthy depth. A bit of hay, a lot of leather.
Pre-light draw: More hay, wood and leather, some vanilla. Bourbonlike.
Taste: Creamy cafť mocha, a touch of pepper, maybe some nuts. The chocolate is big and rich, but not too sweet. Leather and sweat push through, as well. The draw on this is a bit tight, which prevents the flavors from being as focused as they could be. It does do a nice job of drawing the leather and smoke out of the whiskey, and balancing the sweetness of RHF at the same time. Itís a nice pairing.
Finish: Rich, bitter chocolate. Soft caramel. Light salt and pepper pushing the other flavors forward. Lingering.
Iíve had this cigar many times, and this is the first time I have found a tight draw (I even dryboxed it since it was stored too humid at the store). The salt character is not something Iíd picked up on before, but it is a welcome addition as it adds to the balancing effect this cigar has on the bourbon. Iíd think it might pair even better with a well-aged rum for this reason. But the light smokiness of RHF does good things for the cigar, too. Ah, heck, itís whiskey and a cigar. Rarely has any combination thereof led me astray.