About – Produced by MGP of Indiana Remus Repeal Reserve is limited annual release that is an extension of their George Remus line, named after the prohibition era bourbon distiller. As the name implies this is the second release in the series and is made up of a blend of 2 eleven and 2 twelve year old bourbons. Remus Repeal Reserve Series II is bottled at 100 proof (an increase form the first release) and retails for $79.99.
Nose – Very herbal, predominately mint and clove. There is a scent of old wet leather in the background, and something kind of sour. It is a very strange smelling bourbon.
Palate – The first thing that jumps our is spice, and a bit of sour apple. The clove from the nose makes an appearance, and the old wet leather is hanging around too. The finish is long and the best word I can use to describe it is funky.
Score – C+
Verdict – The obvious thing to say is that this is not your typical bourbon. I am sure there are some people out there who will love the uniqueness of flavors and aromas presented here, but I am not one of them.
Update – I revisited this bottle after having a few weeks to air out, and am shocked by how much it has changed. The funk is gone. It has picked up a lot of fruitiness and now has a medium-long finish with smooth leather and tobacco.
New Score – B+