If you’re an experienced whiskey hunter, you already know when the best allocated selections hit the market. And, if you’re a fan of Ross & Squibb (MGP) Bourbons, you know that means it is Remus Gatsby Reserve.
Named to honor the F. Scott Fitzgerald story, The Great Gatsby, and the events of the 1920s. The book was a commentary on the changing of times. It told a great story with plenty of subtext that makes the reader think.
If you’ve never read it (it is one of my favorite books I read in high school), it tells the story of George Gatsby. Gatsby was a self-made millionaire who lived during America’s Jazz Age. He was obsessed with Daisy Buchanan; he’d been in love with her since they were children. Gatsby was a man of extravagance, and people were curious how he made his money. He was a bootlegger and a gambler (much like George Remus himself).
Remus Gatsby Reserve was introduced to the market in 2022. It is made from 15-year-old Bourbons distilled from two MGP mashbills: 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% malted barley, and 60% corn, 36% rye, and 4% malted barley.
“We have produced great bourbon whiskey over the years at Ross & Squibb, and the Remus Bourbon brand has provided our team an opportunity to showcase some of our best. Remus Gatsby Reserve provides a special opportunity to showcase the best of the best – including two different mash bills of some of the finest 15-year-old bourbons in our reserves. Remus Gatsby Reserve made quite an impact when it was launched last year, and the 2023 Edition is likely to follow suit as a highly sought-after member of the Remus Bourbon family.” – Ian Stirsman, Master Distiller
Ross & Squibb calls Remus Gatsby Reserve ultra-limited, so much so that it indicates the minimum price is $199.99 for a 750ml package bottled at its cask strength of 49.05% ABV (98.1°).
Is this Bourbon worth tracking down and buying? I’ll #DrinkCurious and attempt to answer that. However, I must first thank Ross & Squibb for sending me a sample in exchange for my no-strings-attached, honest review.
Appearance: I poured my sample into a Glencairn glass to sip it neat. The whiskey inside looked like liquid mahogany. The microthin rim appeared to generate no tears, yet seconds later, they materialized and were thick and syrupy.
Nose: Smells of caramel, sugar plums, ripe cherries, brown sugar, oak, and leather wafted from the glass. When I drew the aroma through my lips, the brown sugar continued.
Palate: I found Gatsby Reserves mouthfeel thick, oily, and warm. It stuck to my tongue and teeth (yes, teeth). The front offered tastes of vanilla cream, black cherries, and dried apricots. When it hit mid-palate, I encountered dark berries, raisins, and old leather. The back featured charred oak, molasses, and toffee.
Finish: The finish remained level as it traveled in my throat. There were black cherries, barrel char, old leather, and toffee, and they stuck around for several minutes. It didn’t gradually disappear; it simply vanished.
Bottle, Bar, or Bust: 15+ year Bourbons aren’t a dime a dozen, and that’s because the older a Bourbon is, the more it tends to become over-oaked. I’ve had several that spent too much time in wood; it was as if I was sucking the moisture from a barrel stave. Either they have to be proofed way down, or they become undrinkable. The distiller takes on a risk by allowing it to continue to age.
Gatsby Reserve is a delightful Bourbon. There was no indication of it getting past its prime. I could drink on this all day and keep a smile on my face. I’m thrilled to have it in my whiskey library – I wish I had a backup. I don’t recommend too many $199.00 American whiskeys, but Remus Gatsby Reserve deserves my Bottle rating. If you see it, get it. Trust me on this. Cheers!
My Simple, Easy-to-Understand Rating System
- Bottle = Buy It
- Bar = Try It
- Bust = Leave It
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