Nose – Deep and rich. That Kenny Coleman “Sweet Oak” pops right up, and mixes with deep dark fruit and some spice.
Taste – Oh it’s good. This is perfectly oaked for me, and hauls a suitcase full of dark caramel with it. The vanilla, fruit, and spice (is it allspice?) are working in some pretty kickass harmony here. This is balanced, but does let you know it’s 15 years old with the barrel’s influence hanging on.
Finish – This is a great example of a nicely balanced pour. The sweet vanilla and rich caramel work nicely with the fruit (that I don’t dare call cherry or orange, because it’s somehow both). The classic Heaven Hill background note that–for me–can be a little bit of a banana nut bread is there, but it’s tucked in deep under the other layers and it all just works. The finish is long, but a “short long” if you’ll accept that as a description.