Nose – Quintessential bourbon profile of caramel and vanilla mixing nicely over oak. There’s a touch of fruit and it comes through in a somewhat dark and syrupy way. I really like how this moves through the glass and pops up with hints of butterscotch, caramel, and rich oily vanilla. The char from the oak almost brings some cocoa to this as well.
Taste – Big rounded and sweet profile. The mouthfeel is a little more luxurious than the nose suggested. Warm and bright caramel lead the way here, then it takes a darker turn with a hint of dark chocolate and the fruit that seemed dark on the nose comes through a bit brighter. There’s some spice coming through here (that classic Bulleit high rye mashbill) and it’s working to add complexity to the sip.
Finish – Long and enjoyable. This brings in multiple layers of sweet caramel, fruit, and vanilla, but they are balanced well by oak char and spice in the background.