Blood Oath Pact 5 Bourbon Review
Updated: Aug 18, 2019
A bold, flavorful blend of three bourbons with a delicate rum finish.
Type: Straight Bourbon (rum cask finish)
Distillery: Not stated
Age: Blend of 8, 11 and 13 year bourbons
A masterful union of three well-bred bourbons. One, a 13-year mahogany bourbon, un‑apologetically peppery with shavings of dark chocolate. Two, an 11-year silky, wheated bourbon rich with vanilla and honey. And three, an 8-year find, finished in Caribbean rum barrels to impart orange, brown sugar and warm island spice. Every sip, an uncharted, sensory adventure.
-Blood Oath release notes for Pact 5
Dark amber, like a local honey.
Knowing this has a rum finish, I expected sugar to jump out at the start, but orange is actually what comes through first. After the orange note comes charred sugar and caramel. There’s a bit of oak, though it’s not overpowering at all, and just a hint of spice at the tail end.
The first thing I notice is this is one of those pours that seems to explode onto the pallet and somehow activates every taste bud in your mouth the second it hits your tongue. Oddly enough, the sweetness I expected based on the nose and the rum finish isn’t really there. Charred oak, rye spice and tobacco lead the party with just a hint of honey towards the end. I just don’t get much from the rum finish. Adding a few drops of water helps the sweeter notes come through a little more. The spice is still there, but vanilla and honey are more present.
Like the palate, this is a bold finish that lingers for a while. It packs the punch and flavor of a higher proofed bourbon, but that’s a good thing.
I really like this bourbon, it’s just different than what I expected. All of the classic bourbon notes are there, and they are very good, but there’s nothing overly unique. I’m a big fan of rum finishes, but I think this one could’ve used a little more time in the rum casks. The pleasant orange and charred sugar notes from the nose just couldn’t punch through the bolder flavors on the palate. This is a delicious blend of straight bourbons, one of the best I’ve had in a while, but it’s really nothing like other rum finished bourbons I’ve had. It’s all about expectations with this bottle. If you’re looking for a super sweet finished bourbon, this probably isn’t the best option for you, but if you’re looking for a tasty straight bourbon with touch of sweetness, this one is great.
This sample was provided at no cost courtesy of Cask Cartel. https://caskcartel.com/ Thoughts and opinions are my own.
This is a general guide of what I consider each score range
4.75 - 5.00: Phenomenal. Hard to imagine anything better. Acquire at any cost.
4.25 - 4.50: Excellent. I'll camp out to get a bottle if necessary.
3.75 - 4.00: Great stuff. I'll buy backups if not too expensive.
3.25 - 3.50: Good stuff. Try to keep one on the bar, but don't spend too much.
2.75 - 3.00: Not bad. I don't regret the purchase but may not buy another.
2.25 - 2.50: Sub-par. I regret the purchase. Reserved for mixed drinks.
1.75 - 2.00: Bad. I'll struggle to finish the bottle. May not want it in cocktails.
0.00 - 1.50: Drain-pour. Something seems wrong with it. Get it away.