First my profound thanks to my good friend and bourbon brother, Prof. Mike Veech for sending me this very generous sample of pre-prohibition Henry Watterson.
Bottled-In-Bond: Distilled Spring 1916 - Bottled Fall 1929
Color: A deep rich amber with a reddish hue simular to the finish on fine cherrywood furniture. A very handsome bourbon indeed. The viscosity in the glass is thick & coating with substantial legs.
Nose: Complex, huge, and fruity. Black cherry and sweet char topnotes. Candy tones of caramel and butter brickle. Some vanilla and apple undertones.
Taste: Big and quite tart with Black Cherry and oak. Candy notes go semi-sweet, and become well amalgamated.
Finish: Long; semi-sweet, then drying with an interesting tartness. Silken without heat. Sophisticated.
Overview: A rare treat with a very unique and satisfying flavor profile. "The Glencairn Glass" was utilized for this review.