Palate: Lots of spice on the first few sips, it's hot, punchy, there is smoked paprika and red pepper flakes. Thick mouthfeel, quite oily. All of that is aided by some heavier oak tannins, though in our various tastings, the oak sometimes showed up heavier than other times. The syrupy sweetness is there, too, flavors like caramel, brown sugar, cherry cough medicine, molasses, and red fruits. Jeez, this just keeps going and going: there are more spices like pepper, cinnamon, and even cayenne, but also some butter and licorice. Sometimes a bit tropical, and later on, a huge Campari aperitif note - these must have been some wet casks before the bourbon was added.
Finish: Long finish, the oils and heat are sticking around for a while. Still rich, full of dry wood notes and barrel spice, warm bread, baking spices and cayenne. In terms of fruit, it's a bit lighter now, stone fruit like sharp peach or some pineapple. The last notes that linger are some of that anise/licorice, and a semi-bitter amaro flavor really sticks out.
Final Note: Wow, this stuff is quite interesting. Good? Yes. Great? Well, the tasting notes are so exotic and all over the place, it's a bit difficult to call this coherent. This is a fun bourbon if you want to take time to explore the unusual notes, but as a casual sipper, it's definitely going to turn a few people off with its heat and one-off flavors. One to explore for the real whisky anoraks out there.