It's hard to beat OWA. The quality and price point make this expression a real bargain. The upside of course is getting a single barrel to boot with the private barrel picks at the same retail price. I mentioned in a previous post that Buffalo Trace contacted us prior to our arrival in April informing that the barrels would be about 6 1/2 years old; in previous years we were able to pick barrels that ranged from 7 1/2 to 8 years old. I actually didn't mind the change as I saw this as an opportunity to pick up a run of OWA with significant age difference.
We picked two barrels; each with a profile different from the other. The reduced age didn't hurt the drinking experience one bit. In fact, many commented at the full flavor of the bourbon noting it did not present any youthfulness.
At bottling we were advised that one was short only yielding 72 bottles which was a real letdown. The other barrel gave up 204 bottles.
OWA#17 (short barrel) - During the tasting I commented the bourbon was like velvet on the palate and so it was when cracking open the bottle and taking that first pour. Smooth entry with flavor profile of brown sugar and loads of caramel. Finish is moderate to long
OWA#18 - This pick was such an easy drinker that when shared with others, it disappears really quick. Brown sugar again on the palate but with vanilla and baking spice that pops up about mid palate. It's really sweet but not like white sugar; lots of candy shop qualities. The finish is long with chocolate and a hint of ginger at the end. Superb.