Swing-and-a-miss. The nose is quite nice, but all the fruit vanishes on the palate, and everything else vanishes on the finish. I was thinking that the nose would save it from dropping under a 70, but all the whiskies I’ve rated around there have been better than this one.
Nose: A hit of sweet grain and brown-sugar-topped oatmeal at first, then sawdust, vanilla bean, cinnamon, milk chocolate, and toasted marshmallow. It does get significantly fruitier with time: grape jelly, green apples, banana, and toasted coconut. It sort of reminded me of cheap Armagnac, the kind sampled for free out of tiny plastic cups at my local liquor monopoly.
Palate: Medium-thin texture. Lots of wood on the arrival, with some green apples. It develops to more wood: sawdust, oak, old pencils. There’s a burst of brown sugar, vanilla, and pralines, then a thick cola-like note, approaching root beer. There’s more oak on the back, with char, green raisins, and a hint of aged balsamic.
Finish: Short. Fairly bitter oak, cantaloupe, banana peel, and a tiny bit of spiced apple cider.