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Nose: Lots of wood, some pine notes, a bit of a fragrant soapy note. Water opens the nose up with some fruit, apple and pear notes.
Palate: Syrupy mounthfeel, light sweetness with mint notes, some cinnamon, water gives it a fruit brandy note that's quite different from what it has neat.
Finish: Really nice finish with sweet, spice and some orange notes.
Overall:This has a fair amount of complexity with some layering of flavors and water brings a whole new dimension.
Nicely done, and my favorite of the 1789b Old Weller bottlings so far.
N: Dark fruit initially with a little spicy rush behind it. Some light caramel and oranges. A little earthines and some clay. A little tobacco and chocolate.
P: Oranges upfront; a little caramel. Some building heat. Average sweetness initially but it builds with a little time.
F: Warm but the heat recedes; black cherry top note, almost bubblegummy. Black tea at the back end.
Nice complexity on the nose; straightforward palate and some nice tannins on the finish.
I've noticed this one can seem unapproachably woody at times; it also benefits tremendously from some air and time in the bottle.
Pairs nicely with cigars, if you're into that sort of thing.