94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This small-batch whiskey is a treat, butter-soft and loaded with sweet toffee and hazelnut aromas and flavors. The long finish rolls toward dry espresso and mocha flavors, pepped up with clove and cinnamon. 83.4 proof. (Jul 2012)"
****/Highly Recommended, F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal: "The rich bronze color sparkles under the lamp; perfect purity. The initial whiffs uncover dry notes of stone-milled grist and dried fruit; following the aeration stage, the bouquet offers peppery/spicy scents that accent the dry graininess. The palate entry is surprisingly sweet and corny, considering how dry the aroma is; the midpalate point is deep, corny sweet, sap-like and a bit syrupy. Ends up well and balanced, with a backnote of dried red fruit (raisins, prunes). A handsome addition to this series. (Mar 2007)"
Producer notes: "Unlike Bourbon or Rye, which, by definition, must be aged in new oak barrels, our US-1 Unblended American Whiskey is aged in a way that utilizes second-use bourbon barrels to achieve a rich and unique flavor profile. In late 2013, Master Distiller Willie Pratt agreed to re-release our US-1 Unblended American Whiskey after a nearly three-year absence from the market, deeming it 'just right' and 'the best it’s ever been.' Crucially, our US-1 Unblended American Whiskey never contains grain neutral spirits -- hence its 'unblended' distinction. Tasting notes: Deep butterscotch and vanilla notes, hints of caramel and dried fruit with a ripened fruit finish. Cooperage: Bourbon-soaked American white oak barrels. 83.4 proof (41.7% abv)."