There is no nose on this, none. It tastes mostly like water with a vaguely sweet note underneath, there is also some rice and artificial vanilla. There is no finish, none.
True to the vodka character, this has almost no discernible flavor. It tastes like slightly flavored water. I wouldn't say it's the worst thing I've tasted. After all, I like water, and I actually like this stuff better than most vodka, which I find tastes like rubbing alcohol smells. But it isn't whiskey by any stretch of the imagination, and I can't imagine why anyone would buy or drink such a thing unless their only goal was getting drunk in the most flavorless way possible, or perhaps if one had a palate disorder of some sort which made them averse to flavor of any sort.
"Kansas is different. We employ a column still, much like the distillation process used in creating the world's finest vodkas. This method allows us to extract a nearly pure and exceptionally clean tasting distillate… the result is the cleanest, smoothest whiskey on earth. And on the beach and in any thumping nightclub."
What's a "nearly pure" distillate? Would "pure" distillate be pure alcohol? These guys don't even know what they're talking about -- and damn it, they're proud of it!
Their website has an entire section dedicated to their bottle design and font. Yes, the font.
n: q-tip soaked in rubbing alcohol; maybe a hint of artificial vanilla in there but nothing else.
t: Tastes like the melted ice water from a Coke with a lime peel in it, mostly thin and watery. Honestly, I would think this was a mid-priced vodka. I can see this as a mixer at a trendy club that Fuji would frequent, but this doesn't resemble whiskey in any way.
Rock Chalk Jayhawk this ain't, and as a Jayhawker I am offended that it's called KANSAS.
Spirit whiskey, ugh. High quality rubbing alcohol that you can drink at best. [D-/D]
NOSE The first sniffy sniff immediately made me think of light rum with the sugar coming out in full force. Giving it a second to breathe let an aroma of vanilla buttercream frosting surface and it became the key smell that all others orbited around. Circling that vanilla buttercream are hints of buttery caramel corn, a citrus mashup along the lines of 7UP and some coconut notes.
PALATE The first taste was very much like buttered popcorn which was a bit strange because the almost overwhelming sweetness which is largly due to their 100% wheat mashbill. Vanilla and coconut are the dominant flavors with some hints of ripe orange, sweet grains and caramel coffee syrup (Torani). Overall the flavor brings me closer to some poorly done light rums I’ve had, but if you add ice or too much water watch out as it quickly dissolves into something more closely resembling a sweet whiskey flavored vodka as that grain neutral spirit really rears it’s head the more watered down it gets.
Candy corn that fades to a vanilla salt water taffy that morphs into a coconut salt water taffy. It has an incredibly strong aftertaste, I can still taste it after having drank it before writing this review.