Deep raisin color. It takes a few minutes for the nose to come out as the alcohol vapors are strong. When they do arrive I get spice, rye and oak. There are also vanilla elements and some sort of wet wood. On the palate there is a bitter tinge that envelops over a sweet rye and vanilla profile. Unfortunate, because the underlying flavors seem pretty crisp and nice. A nice bang at the end of the mouth leads to a satisfying finish that is not overpowering but fairly spicy. Slightly unbecoming aftertaste. I have no problem drinking this, but there just isn't enough here for me to want to go back to the well that often. B/B- [8/6/13]
The nose is fruity, and the palate, at first taste, is light and fruity. Light wine notes emerge in the middle and then a strong grain whiskey profile dominates the later palate and finish. It's not terrible, but very grainy; more of a light horse, if you ask me.