Nose: Great nose on this with lots of spicy rye notes including anise and clove. Palate: There's an overwhelming sourness to the palate which subsumes the other flavors. Adding water reduces it somewhat and some of the rye comes out along with chocolate notes. Finish: Rye spice returns.
The nose and finish are fabulous but the sourness of the palate is problematic.
N: Moderately spicy, some corn sweetness with a vegetal note. Grainy bed to it all, some slight caramel/toffee generic sweetness with (no joke) a hint of Dr. Pepper. Fennel an cinnamon, maybe a touch of nutmeg.
P: Light on the palate. Corn sweetness, new-make sourness (but just a hint). Toffee, slight earthiness, vanilla. Building heat.
F: Finishes warm, brings some of the vanilla notes with a hint of cherry behind it. Some wood but not a lot. Relatively short finish. Kind of chewy.
I feel like I've had this bourbon a thousand times. It's adequate to decent. It's nothing special.