This is somewhat grassy, a little floral, with a little bit of spice and vanilla, and mostly just a whole lot of heat. Even with decent amounts of water the heat stays, and the water doesn't change much in the flavor. The few things going on here are all at "level one," except for the heat and a woody/papery background. Interesting to try, if for no other reason than I'm mystified as to how this could have such little flavor... yet there it is (or, uh, isn't). This should have gone to the blenders. C/C-
1st -try. Nose is a breeze of rubbing achohol fumes through a field of heather. The palate is averagey. The taste is rather strong but undefined, the taste equivalent of sneezing through a tuba. There's something there for sure, coming in strongly bittersweet, then ending suddenly. Meh.
2nd try - opened bottle - 8 months later
Holy #$%, this is really good. I taste stuff! The nose is still rough but the flavor hit on the lips, even before getting in the mouth. The palate is a smooth, full and sweet sherry (is the a sherry cask? I can't remember) with a greaypeppery finish. As is, maybe an A-. But it was a C when I rated it fresh from the bottle. Conundrum. I'll give it an average of a B. Wow. I 've never had anything open up this well.