The nose on this is similar to a rye recipe bourbon, sweet and spicy, though there is also a bit of a plastic note. The palate starts off with medicinal notes which yield to a bitterness that lasts into the finish. I have to say this one is not very good. I would never guess that it was oats, but the bitter notes don't do it any favors. Still, it's not horrible. I've had much, much worse, but it's certainly flawed.
N: Sharply woody initially with a heavily toasted character. There's a bit of vegetal sourness peeking out against it. Some black cherries temper the wood a bit, but eventually reinforce the wood notes. A little bit of corn, some light toffee and a definite oaty presence - more cheerios than oatmeal. It's dry, and eventually softens to gain some light caramel and a touch of marshmallow.
P: Medium thickness, woody entrance with a toasted flavor - intensely woody. Dark fruits in abundance - black cherries, plums, slightly overripe berries. Very light fruity sweetness that's a touch syrupy. Faint vanilla and moderate earthiness, both blunted by wood.
F: Very woody, drying, with the toasted character. Slight bitterness, a little corn; a little vegetal sourness and a dash of pepper. Slightly more bitter vegetal note as it lasts.
Interesting experiment. The nose is just a little too closed off and everything is blunted by the wood. The only thing that can hang with that - the fruit notes - are very dark and it all cries out for something brighter to balance it. Even letting it sit for a while, it opens up a bit but doesn't gain any balance.