A rich and deep nose -- notably with maple and halvah (the middle-eastern sesame candy). Palate is rich and deep as well, with the sort of spiciness that I'd associate with a high rye content. The finish is on the hot side, but it goes on very, very long. The rough edges of youth keep the palate from being as fully enjoyable as it could be. But "Rich and Deep" is the title for this one.
The nose has nice caramel notes and maple syrup with some decent wood on it, as well as tobacco and red wine notes. The palate is distinctively Beam, syrupy sweet but then it has some nice, spicy, tobacco type notes, then it gets a bit soapy and ends on a cloyingly sweet note which fades into a sticky finish.
While this is definitely better than most of the Beam mashbill, I remember it being better. It's far too sweet for my taste, though I like the spicy/tobacco note that creeps into the mid-palate. If you like Beam, this is definitely a step up.
Deep copper orange color. The nose is strong as expected, with plenty of caramel, toasted oak and some grassy tones (and some rye to me). The palate hits you hard at first, with a lot of oak. A mix of bad notes -- bitterness -- and good notes -- vanilla and spices. The finish is nice and warming. With air as is often the case I thought the bitter elements took a step back. Very close to a B on this one. B-/B. 7 years 2 months, Batch C02-A-18, 65.05% [11/20/13]