The nose opens with a strong smell of burnt rubber, like when a semi slams on the brakes, followed by some bourbon, so like when a truck full of bourbon slams on the breaks, deep into the nose you acclimate to the smoke and there's an almost sherry like frutiness. The palate is both sweet, in that fruity way, and smoky. There's honey, some burnt orange rind, still a bit of rubber though not nearly as much as on the nose and lots of campfire. It modulates between sweet and smoky with other flavors poking up; there's smoked salmon, sea water, mezcal...the more you drink the more you taste. The finish is like Los Angeles in September, a strong smoky haze from a fire somewhere nearby.
This is a pretty remarkable whiskey, different from anything else on the market. It's really packed with flavor. The smoke in this is huge, but it's nothing like peat. When I first tried Brimstone, I wasn't sure about it, but after a few different tasting sessions, I've really come to enjoy and even crave its flavors.
n: burnt rubber, smoke, and dried red berries. Like a bike tire thrown on a campfire when you have a berry cobbler baking in a dutch oven.
Some sweet notes, burnt marshmallow + caramel.
t: mesquite wood smoked salmon, dry Texas scrub brush, and grilled peaches. Middle turns charred sweet corn (with the green husk still on) and phenolic. Finish is grilled chilies, brown sugar, and black pepper. Very Texas BBQ and a herbal quality in the finish. Quite perverse and weird - not "peaty" smoky - this is very unique.