About – A masterful union of three well-bred bourbons. One, a 14-year extra-aged ryed bourbon. Two, an 8-year ryed bourbon. And three, another 8-year ryed bourbon, finished in sauternes wine casks from the Bordeaux region of France for a balance of sweetness with additional spice.” Blood Oath is Lux Row’s yearly limited release. The blend and finishes change from year to year and are never repeated. Pact 7 is bottled at 98.6 proof. 51,000 bottles were released to retail with an srp of $100.
Nose – Rich and dessert like with caramel and apricots. A bit of barrel spice stings the nostrils. As it opens up the barrel spice picks up molasses turning it into gingerbread.
Palate – Comes in soft to start and really takes a second for the flavors to start jumping out. The apricot from the nose trickles in first along with a boat load of vanilla. Rye spice subtly sneaks in on the mid palate leading into the finish. The apricot comes roaring back on the finish and is joined by oak and spice to really balance things out bringing that gingerbread from the nose back into play as well.
Score – B+
Verdict – This is a really enjoyable pour. Every Blood Oath release is unique. Some I have enjoyed, some not so much. Apricot is always a note that I gravitate towards and I am digging the sweet and spicy exchange between that and the gingerbread. $100 isn’t cheap, but in the current bourbon market it isn’t really that expensive either. I think this bottle is relatively decent value, especially considering the nice packaging this comes in with the wood box as well.