N: Awesome. Lovely. Very exotic and floral. Then comes the purple smells and some oak. P: Big cherry wood, flowery, oaky, and I like it. P: Wow. Transforms itself several times from pure sugar to flowery nectar. Eminently drinkable, but not for the wood wimps.
Richer and sweeter than most bourbons, especially considering the 45% abv. The long, warming finish makes it all the more satisfying. Smooth. Remember to let this one rest in your mouth for a time to get the extra flavors. Rich, yum, did I say rich?
Retaste: Better than I remembered it. Dried cherries and cinnamon, and sweet. YUM. A/A-
Nose: Nice huge woody bourbon flavors, like an old library. One of those noses that will just blow you away. Palate: Starts right in with puckering levels of wood, but a bit of a diluted quality. I want it to be cask strength to match the power of the nose. Corn sweetness and a briny rye-spice fight in equal parts for attention but mostly lose to the wood, though the brine manages to stick in your craw through the finish.