...usually I do not like bourbon whiskey because of its heavy wooden and dominating vanilla notes. Just like this one which is nonetheless pretty fine for a bourbon dram - so try it if you like this style.
The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a typical vanilla-wooden bourbon profile that is quite nice (if you like such profiles). Despite it is not my favourite style at all I like to sniff into this glass because it is not as punchy and spiked like so many other bourbon drams.
The taste is sugary-sweet and bitter-spicy with significant astringent impressions (tannins). This is exactly why I do not like bourbon whiskey but I guess bourbon lovers will enjoy this. After some chewing the vanilla-toffee flavours take over but the bitter notes stay there all the time. Water strengthens the wooden aromas in the nose and the bitter flavours on the palate hence I like the neat dram better.
The dram arrives a little hot and not much coating on the palate with a bitter-drying mouthfeel from the heavy tannins (the virgin oak of the bourbon cask takes its toll after almost ten years). The finish is of medium length and adds some shy impressions of dark chocolate before it finally dries out (guess what, the tannins are back - actually, they were never absent).