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Review #174 Syntax Straight Bourbon

Distillery: Syntax Distillery

Proof: 95

Age: at least 2 years

Mashbill: N/A

BACKGROUND: Syntax Straight Bourbon is sourced from the Poudre River located in Colorado, & is 100% grain to glass, made with all local ingredients. Each batch made is aged in 53 gallon barrels for at least 2 years then transferred to rapid-aging small barrels. Heather, master distiller, believed whiskey was made to be sipped straight, so she made Syntax with that in mind. Syntax has won 2 gold medals in 2015 & 2017 in the Wizard of Whiskey awards & received a BTI rating of 89.

NOSE: The nose opens up sweet and bold with notes of caramel, brown sugar, and plays that blends brilliantly with a honey and sweet sugar flavor, comparable to candy corn. (22/25)

PALATE: The plate on this is dry and oily, coating your mouth with fruity notes of apricot, peach, and toffee. Along with the sweet fruity flavors there is a spice pepper flavor that you can feel wrap around your tongue that slowly turns into a zesty dry fruit taste. (30/40)

FINISH: The finish follows right along with the palate leaving you with a warm spice flavor that slowly fades into an okay sweetness leaving you wanting more. (21/25)

VALUE: For $50 this is the perfect buy for anyone who like whiskeys that dance between sweet and spicy. (7/10)

Overall: 80/100

FINAL THOUGHTS: I was very impressed by how flavorful this whiskey was being so young. Full of bright and spice flavors, definitely a great add to any collection.

Slightly Better Whiskey: Michters US*1

Equal Whiskey: Bulldog Straight Bourbon

Slightly Worse Whiskey: Wild Turkey Longbranch

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Scoring Legend:

96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods

90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey

85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this

80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there

75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf

70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this

60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers

50-59: Not my cup of tea

Below 50: Give away

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