Nose is sweet, with honey, and notes of something like gunpowder. Palate is quite sweet and tasty. A little alcohol-y. There's not much else, but I like it enough. Finish is long and hot. To note, I was saved by a few bottles of this on my honeymoon, when it turned out to be the only "good" whiskey every bar in the area had. (Special notice to Bora Bora distributors: Seriously? Really?) Nothing to celebrate here, but it's decent stuff. (Barrel No. 5-3071, 4/23/05)
N: Corn and a fair amount of grains as well as a fairly strong wood influence. Caramel, toffee and just the faintest hint of maltiness (more like a dry malt powder than sweet beer malt or Scotch maltiness). A touch of vanilla on top.
P: Light mouthfeel, initially somewhat warm, with a bit of an earthy note and some vanilla, some caramel and toffee, and a faint marshmallow note. Heat builds slowly. A little bit of corn and grain. Some moderate but not hugely substantial wood notes. Lightly tannic; definite black tea flavor.
F: Initially builds with a bit of black tea and tannins. Some faint cherry notes, the earthy and marshmallow flavors back early, fading to corn and then drying further to wood. Over time it dries even more and there's a slight root vegetable tang.
I can't lie. This one is pretty good. Has all the balance I miss in #7. However, it's a single barrel so it looks like I just got lucky.
Dark copper color. The nose has honey and corn and is very sweet. Vanilla masquerades in the background. Still get a wallop of alcohol vapors though. The palate is sweet and tastes very nice. Not a drawn out finish. Not that complex and a tad sweet, but overall not that bad. [1/21/12]
n: nice butterscotch nose, fresh linen, lemon peel marmalade. Nothing different from what Jack usually smells like, just more amplified. More of the maple char and less alcohol bite.
t: dry corn with char (burnt black marshmallow skin), strong black tea, and some honey. Warm spice to this, with more wood, banana peel, and a bit of chewy leather in the middle. The raw alcohol to this is very strong and is the main detractor. Banana bread with cinnamon in the woody finish. Thin mouthfeel.
Everything is a bit richer and more intense. If JD is your thing then this is awesome. If not, save the $ on the price; but it is noticeably improved over the regular No7. [B-/C+]