The nose is slightly leafy, and overtones of sweet oatmeal. Some mustiness (the good kind), with cake batter, or caramel ice cream. Now, the palate -- it's ridiculously sweet. Caramel and vanilla. Kind of creamy and envelopy. The sweetest I have ever tried, this is very agreeable. And only 3 years! Oh yeah, the finish -- medium length. Some spice and pepper, with toffee notes. Overall, this is a very dessert-y, and it gets more so as it breathes and the glass diminishes. A unique standout among whiskies. It's an easy A-, but the taste is so darn addicting that it goes into pure A territory. A
Retaste, a couple years later: Not as sweet as I recall it, but still a bakery full of delicious, oaty, bready scents and flavors. And the more you drink the better it gets. Doesn't hit my sweet spot the way it once did, but I still love it. B+/A-
N: Zesty and citrus, smells like a dessert with just a hint of oak. P: Very unusual, bready, crumb cake with citrus glaze, creamy, sweet, dry, and even some floral notes. Very complex! F: More bready goodness, medium long, Cinnabun frosting. I really enjoy drinking this! Pretty damn yummy.
Retaste (2010): Takes a little while to open up, but then it's just as enjoyable as the first time around. It's more herbal than my previous notes indicate, but the fact I described it as both sweet and dry is spot on (it goes from one to the other). Fun stuff.
Palate:Corn syrup + liquid smoke with a bit of soap.
Finish:A vague, soapy, smoke
After much urging that something dreadful must have been wrong with my palate or the bottle or something which caused me not to see the genius of this whiksy, I retasted it...
Nose: Mango, very perfumy like a really ripe mango you buy on the corner (well, my corner anyway). Palate: Wisps of smoke, salt, fruit wood and yes, a bit of soap. Finish: Light smoke.
Okay, I may have been a bit too hard on this and maybe it suffered by comparison to what I was drinking at the time, but I definitely don't see it in the high range where Chris and Adam landed. I'm moving it from C- to a C.