This honey-colored whiskey is mellow, smooth, mouthwatering and delicious. Rich and pretty caramel and citrus aromas precede complex flavors of leather, tobacco, vanilla and cocoa. Its long finish displays lots of caramel, spicy cinnamon and ginger. Pair with a cigar.
At first, this whiskey is easy to underestimate, since the amber color and mild toffee aroma give little away. But one sip, and it is clear this whiskey means business: Deep vanilla cookie and cigar tobacco flavors unfold to a big, burnt-caramel finish, which washes over the palate like a rolling wave. Manhattan-worthy.
The opening inhalations offer succulent scents of fresh flowers, new oak, light caramel and butter; air contact allows the aroma to develop only modestly. Palate entry is seamless, off-dry and slightly nutty/oaky; at midpalate the taste veers to the fruity/grainy side of the flavor spectrum. Finishes slightly raw.
The first sniffings pick up lively scents of buckwheat and hemp; more time encourages spirity aromas of light toffee, nougat and oak to emerge. The palate entry is moderately sweet, lead pencil-like and a touch chalky; at midpalate the roasted/toasty grain mash flavor gives way to tastes of baked pear, pie crust and spice. Concludes very warm, toasted and tobacco-like.