Considering what company this bottle had when I tasted it, it scored pretty well in my book. It was clearly young and rather...well....simple. Grassy and wet hay cereals in the nose. Palate was soft and velvety with easy drinking fruits malts and cereals. The nose suggested it would be harsher than the smooth palate let on and that pushed it above the B- category.
Again, I'm a cheap date. Cinnamon nose with grassy smoke on the palate and a delicious lingering finish. My only complaint? Don't tell everyone that this was $30 at Binny's without clarifying that it's long since sold out.
I didn't get a whole lot from the nose. And going back to the bottle just now, I still don't really get anything... I don't get it, maybe my nose is "deaf" to whatever must be in here. Anyhow, the palate is minty with lotsa steak spices. Bay leaves. Cinnamon. And, uh, well that's all I got on this one, though I do like it quite a bit... mainly from that cask-strength rush of interesting herbs and spices. B/B+
N: Boozy, and not much else. T: Much better than the nose, malty, grassy, quite good. F: Very long but somewhat simple finish. O: Smooth, lightly sweet and malty. This is a high B, if any of the characteristics were a bit more refined, I would have gone B+.