What I wanted more of in the taste I found by nosing the empty glass.
Maybe it is the weak finish that make it such a nice and easy drinkable bourbon.
Very gentle, almost shy, a mild but distinct smoke, sweet charred wood.
Oreos biscuit with sweet orange creamfilling.
For a bourbon the vanilla is mellow and muted.
Low on alc fumes so you can really stick your nose in the glass, and then there is a clear smell of wood, more like fresh wet pine than oak.
Very prominent on the wood, and it's more recognicable as oak now. Mild (not peppery) but noticable spice. Some very rich and full dark fudge develop if you inhale. But it fades all to quickly leaving you wanting more.
If that last blast from the body had carried over to the finish it would have been perfect, but all that's left is a little bit of the spice. and that goes away rather quickly too.
I have heard some great things about this bourbon on my research before I bought it , great reviews, write ups , it's won loads of awards, so I was expecting something special , and it wasn't. Don't get me wrong, it was a great price and I still really enjoyed it. Would it have it again? Definitely. Other batches from other years might be better.
For what I paid for this , I really can't complain , I thought it was a good solid sipping bourbon.
It has a light and subtle nose of sultanas, orange peel and marmalade. There is a slight hint of coconut and a slight hint of tobacco. Vanilla and oak linger in the background.
The taste is quite smooth and creamy , you can really taste the oak on the palate. Vanilla ice cream and a mixture of spices. This is great to drink straight , it goes down really well, too well I think.
A light and creamy finish, and you think wow, then all of a sudden it falls rather flat. Quite disappointing.
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