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 then 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