Sweet and a little sour, the obvious influence of the wood, but there's
no varnish here. First nosing is a bit dark, chocolate flecks, dry
sawdust, nougat, and a drop of kirschwasser infused chocolate. There's a
strong dose of vanilla, but always hidden behind the other flavors, and
that's followed by cinnamon and caramel touched dates. There's no
obvious rye grain on the nose, but it reminds me, in terms of structure,
of a bottle of Pappy van Winkle 20 from the early 2000s, though darker
and with less coconut, and a mix of a delicious 18 year old Willett that
I had not so long ago.
Sweet on entry, medium-body, but it has a bit of a watery texture, if
you know what I mean. Honey, fresh tree bark, and then some pepper
(there's the rye!). In the mid-palate, the oak shows much more with
bitterness and some pleasant varnish(!). Nougat-caramel and something
incredibly herbal. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but it reminded
me of a twig with some small leaves that one would find in a medieval
apothecary. Also some cinnamon infused vanilla.
Medium length with a bit more wood as well as some dry and unsweetened
chocolate, like a dusty powder. A little coconut and both soft and spicy
cinnamons. Vanilla in the recesses, akin to a kitchen after a cake is
just put in the oven. The wood plays a strong hand in all this and it
has its oaky moments, but never overwhelming. It could stand a bit more
strength, a la 48%, but you can tell that much above that and it could
well be too tight. A nice, complex little package.