Legent Bourbon is the stunning end-result of a collaboration between two legendary whisk(e)y makers: Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe and House of Suntory chief blender Shinji Fukuyo. Legent is crafted from one of Fred Noe's historic family recipes, and is aged initially for at least four years in charred virgin white oak barrels. The liquid is then split and finished between California red wine and sherry casks, before being blended by Shinji Fukuyo.
Expect a classic bourbon character on the nose at first; hints of caramel, toasted nuts and cinnamon spice soon give way to the influence of the red wine cask and offer tart red berries and dark cherries. The palate is initially smooth, with sweet notes of caramel, vanilla and oak spice taking the lead, before peeling back layers to discover a jammier flavour profile, delivering raisins, mulled wine spices, and dried fruits. A harmonious and complex whiskey, the oak spices will linger on.