N: Murky but alluring colour and a nose that is so much lighter than the William Larue Weller and similar strength single malts i tried previously. Quite a tricky one to decipher this, overall offering the nuttiest bourbon ive come across complemented by oaky, honeyed, walnut oil and straw bales. Other notes include soft spearmint, sesame seeds, loose wood chips, a light maltiness, caramelised apples, onion seeds and more than a small resemblance to Brimstone’s ‘mysterious’ scrub. Reminds me very much of Springbank’s Hazelburn Rundlets and Kilderkins, and this resemblance continues.
T: Well, its bourbon alright and its now showing its strength. That’ll need water in the mouth at the very least. Lots of green wood but also lots of wood oils and [green] grist too. There’s a fair amount of cream vanillas and malty green tea on show before the eucalyptus fruits [greengages] stream through. Theres a lot of petulant wood that keeps hitting hard against the sweeter, subtler, waxy, fruit sugars. Quite astringent this towards the apex. Honey varnish is go - this is 'Osmo' and Diamond Glaze mixed together.
After a few days, this has become so malty and nutty, one would be hard pressed to separate this from an Inchgower except its so clean and grainy too.
F: Stays fresh for a long while before the waxy, peppery, dried fruits [papaya and mango] develop along with nutty grain kernels with a light. honeyed coat of varnish along with cream vanillas and grain husks . There’s a touch of match smoke after every sip with a rather salivating finish that gives more and more just when you think its done - like blackberry jam for instance.
C: Liking this very much. Not your typical bourbon and thats all good with me. Blending tip: Add a touch of Elements CL6 for a peaty touch. [Doesn’t work the other way round].
Scores a B[+]