Very fruity start on the nose. As is so often the case with somewhat younger bottlings, I initially find the typical "fruit brandy character". The alcohol is clearly present in the nose and makes the aroma fresh and slightly cooling. Then there are typical bourbon flavors. Especially the vanilla stands out. Together with a slightly tart impression of citrus fruits, I have to think of lemon cream. If you give it some time in the glass, it opens and the aroma becomes sweeter. After the first try, there are also slightly spicy notes, which reminds me of vanilla biscuits.
The start is very strong due to the high alcohol content. Nevertheless, the malt is quite drinkable even in full strength. The mouthfeel is sweet and slightly floral with blossom honey and vanilla. The fruits are there immediately, but fewer citrus fruits and more ripe fruits such as apples, pears, apricots and peaches. Then it gets a little spicier. The oak comes through and brings a delicate bitterness and a hint of marzipan.
The finish is long and pleasant with vanilla biscuits, white chocolate and a hint of dark oak. The marzipan also lingers in the finish. Towards the end, the fruits then prevail again more strongly. I clearly have the association of peaches with a hint of citrus fruits. The vanilla lasts the longest and lingers even after the other impressions have worn off.
In the nose, the aroma is now a bit more harmonious and rounded. The sweet fruits, which I mainly noticed on the tongue without water, are now also present in the nose. Less water in the mouth also makes the overall impression much more pleasant, balanced and less sharp. The citrus fruits come through a little stronger.