Commonly drank over ice, this is a good intro dram for an evening's tasting... or something for a hot summer day.
The nose leads with a sharp alcoholic note, but right beneath it is sweetness. Malty sweets and spices galore. Lots of wood spice and touches of dough, bitter oak and herbs. Thin watery beef gravy... that cheap brown stuff in bad restaurants, but in a somehow constructive way.
The sweets lead on here, bursting with patisserie dough and some funky Mizunara oak spice. Cassia bark, clove and more crushed herbs here. Something like stone fruit pits and green stick beech wood. Fresh and inviting.
Short, almost non-existent. This is the downfall of the whisky; but remember this is a $10 bottle of whisky. This quality is something we seem to be lacking in an everyday dram at this price. Oak spice fades into warm oak planks and black cardamom pods with a twinge of grassy freshness.