Nose – Rich roasted corn, caramel, and a nice hit of oak. I’d peg this for being older than four years. There’s a good chunk of vanilla on the nose, and I’m even catching a cola note. There is noticeable ethanol bringing some heat–but not enough to prevent me from getting in the glass to check this pour out.
Taste – Right up front this is rich and warm; but, not so hot that I’m scared off. A medium mouthfeel here that coats most of the palate easily, and then trickles down the jawline with an oaky toasted spice. There’s a touch of grain that is the first indicator (for me) that this is a younger whiskey. There’s quite a bit going on, and I catch a bit of caramel and cola again…then a tiny hint of licorice.
Finish – There is enough heat in this sip that you’re well-aware it is a barrel strength offering. It’s not going to teach you a lesson, but the ethanol is prominent in the finish and carries a tingling sensation longer than the flavors stick around on their own. The cola notes and a bit of nuttiness come through near the end, and it rounds out with some oak as it fades.
Nose – Bold rye spice, sweet caramel, then vanilla roll right out of the glass. A hint of pepper mixes in there. Man, maybe even a hint of buttercream comes through next. Toasty rye bread.
Taste – Medium mouthfeel with what I’ll call respectable heat (Goldilocks zone heat). Big rye flavor and sweet, sweet caramel are mingling with a background hint of citrus. Oaky and spicy notes come through as well here.
Finish – A medium finish that ends up slightly drying. As the spice gives way there’s a slightly drier pepper note I’m catching before oak shows back up. Enjoyable, but certainly on the drier side.