Black Saddle 12-year-old bourbon is one of those whiskeys that you don’t hear too much about. In fact, I had never heard of it until the guy and liquor store sold me on it.
“It won double gold at the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco in 2014,” he said.
“Hmmm,” I said. Okay, I’ll give it a try. It wasn’t cheap, but I have to be honest, I keep coming back to it. It’s a well-balanced, rich in flavor and delightful to drink.
Rich amber color along with an aroma of spicy nougat, creme brulee and hard candy. Notes of pepper spices, toasted cinnamon, and hints of vanilla.
Black Saddle 12 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2014, where it was named the “Best Small Batch Bourbon.”
Tasting Grade: A-
A lovely bourbon. I’m glad more people don’t know about it. It’s smooth, easy drinking but also really flavorful — one of the best tasting bourbons I’ve had.
Value Grade: B-
At 50-some-odd dollars, it’s a bit pricey. One can argue that they could buy Weller 12 or Elijah Craig 12 for almost half the price and get a bourbon that’s also aged 12 years. But Black Saddle blows both out of the water. I have great respect for both, but Black Saddle is a cut above the other 12-year-old bourbons I’ve tasted.
Overall Rating: B+
A great bourbon. I think if it wasn’t so pricey it’d easily earn an “A” rating. But alas, it’s a bit overpriced. Just under $50 is where it should fall.