Licorice with a bit of smoke, malty, sweet, full bodied yet not too oily, long finish. If all blends tasted like this then I wouldn't put them down so much. In most inexpensive blends the grain stands out like a cheap hooker on the corner. But not here. The grain flavors are subtle and complimentary. Can't really do better for $30.
Nose of caramel, vanilla, toffee, and cookies. Somewhat grassy. The palate is very easy drinking, quite full of caramel flavors -- but not too much -- with a sweetness that stays in check. Well-balanced whisky. B/B+