Classification: Straight Bourbon Finished in Caribbean Rum Casks
Age: NAS (Blend of 8, 11, and 13 year old bourbons)
MSRP: $100 (2019)
Launched in 2015, a new unique Pact is released each year. For this 5th release, an 8 year old rye bourbon was finished in Caribbean rum barrels for an additional 6 months. It was than blended with an 11 year old wheated bourbon and a 13 year old rye bourbon. The exact blend percentages are not disclosed. All bourbons used in the blend originated from Kentucky.
The rum finishing is noticeable yet not overbearing, as a hint of molasses weaves its way throughout. The nose is sweet and enjoyable with vanilla, brown sugar, brown butter, light grain, and a touch of ethanol present. The juicy sip carries forward the molasses and also brings forward rye spice, pepper, vanilla, and oak. It finishes with a warming spicy rye heat, and vanilla, aged oak, brown sugar, and leather are sprinkled throughout.
Blood Oath Pact No. 5 is a mix of sweet and spicy that results in an overall easy drinking and enjoyable sip. While the barrel finished 8 year old bourbon has the biggest impact on the bourbon’s flavor profile, the 11 and 13 year old bourbons help bring balance. As a result, this influence is an enhancer versus a dominating factor throughout the sip. For those who enjoy a slightly sweeter bourbon, Blood Oath Pact No. 5 will help scratch that itch. It’s billed as a limited run product, but thankfully many will have any opportunity to try this as 15,000 cases were produced, for a total of 45,000 bottles.
The sample used for this review was provided at no cost courtesy of Luxco. We thank them for the sample and for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.