Big and complex fruit nose. That complexity continues throughout the whole experience, with fruity-spicy stuff that comes and goes in waves. Water opens this up really well. I once tasted this with Chris from an old mini-bottle, and we were both so blown away that we spent a couple years tracking down a full-size specimen. Well, here it is, and while it's great, it doesn't quite live up to our original experience (see my old notes below). As we've noted elsewhere on the site, mini-bottles that are any older than 8-10 years really change a whisky much faster than it otherwise would age in the bottle. B+
I taste concentrated beer -- like pilsner or maybe ale -- with hops and mint aspects. Yum!!! Even at cask strength this has a "refreshing" though ass-kicking quality. The fiesty fire is the only detracting thing here, but not enough to edge it into A-, and without it we'd be looking at A+. Water takes nothing away, and I advise it in a decent amount. This is truly excellent and a must if you can find it. A
N: Deep and fruity, mashed grapes, maple syrup, Rosco's Chicken and Waffles!!! P: Thick and rich, big, bold, full-bodied, crazy pine infused malty excellence. F: Long and sweet. I love it. My mouth is numb. That was extremely good.
Nose is bright mangos and passion fruits. Palate is warming and creamy with some floral/purfumey background notes. The fruits are less vibrant on the palate but they are still there. The finish is long and sweet. Not the greatest thing ever but a good solid bottle.....if you can ever find another one.