Some wood in the nose, milk caramels, and multigrain bread. Good rich flavors of big bourbony vanillas, and this becomes prominent as vanilla cake batter in the finish. Except for the tails of the finish which falter a bit, this is good bourbon. And what a price! At cask strength! Why wouldn't you buy a bottle of this?!
This is my best buy of bourbon. In the low $30 range I think it competes with bourbon in the $40-50 range. Straight, it is a hot nose with lots of oak and caramel. The palette is smoother than the nose. Even at barrel proof, it's smooth. Leather, caramel, sweet corn, molasses. Also hot! Can be good without water in winter. Infinite finish. But Rare Breed is my summer drink because it is one of the few whiskeys that can pour over a glass of ice and still have amazing flavor while being refreshing. On ice, it's lemon cake with cool cream. I'm not big on icing whiskey, but this is a refreshing exception.
N: Very light, oak, some fruit, but then a peculiar off note. P: Black liquorice and vanilla. F: Substantial but again that funky note emerges. Overall not bad, but there is something funny lurking in the nose and finish, like multigrain bread that just doesn't go well with the others flavors.
Sweet caramel on the nose, with some Cognac and wood. The flavor has both sweetness and spice in equal measures, with a good measure of wood. A few drops of water really brings out the wood in this one, as well as some pine, mint and banana flavors. Very drinkable and pleasant and as others have said, a great value. I almost want to give it a B+ as a sheer simple delight, but I think on quality it really merits a B.