Nose has a lot of the bourbon barrel, oak, vanilla. Palate is light at first, then a flash of bourbon sweetness. Caramelized sugar and spice. Little bitter tannic quality, like tea or cinnamon candy. With water, the tannic quality fades. Builds slowly on the palate with hotness and sweetness. The whisky seems very light, and seems to have soaked up a lot of the bourbon barrel qualities. Great for a bourbon lover. It finishes hot, with a little mint candy, then turns to coffee grinds and sugar. All very light mouth feel, but just complex enough to be interesting.
N: A hint of peat on the nose. P: Smoke emerges on the palate, but it's very chalky, sooty. Lacks a balancing sweetness. F: Gets a little better in the finish with a hint of powdered sugar. This one grows on ya, I was initially quite unimpressed but by the bottom of the glass I was enjoying it.
A sawdusty, dry-oaky smell, cashews, with a whiff of Band Aids. Palate is all rather slight, with nondescript spices winning out slightly over something vaguely citrusy and grassy. Finish is light but long, with a spicy "feeling" more than a "flavor" that sticks the longest. Quite dry.
Not a lot to say here, and not much to love although there's also not much to hate. Seems like the years took too much out of this. Nice enough for a dry, very plain, bourbon-casked whisky.