This had the worst seat of the night going first....little to compare it to. I know others I respect have rated this very high...but I tasted it blind and again after I knew what it was and I am comfortable with my score. The nose is sharp and creamy with green apples and spices from the wood. Clearly older. Palate is hot with sweet fruits and a bit grassy in the background/finish. The finish is long with smooth sweets and that grassy tang. Maybe the grass is what made me think this just didn't hit the A category. Although it was as close to a B+ as I can get it while still giving it a B.
Nose of light caramel, apples, indoor swimming pool, and oak. Palate is yummy. Caramel apples (as indicated by the nose) in a cask-strength rush of tastyness. Yet the flavor itself isn't majorly intense -- meaning that while the flavors that are here definitely hit you strongly, those same flavors aren't very deep or strong in and of themselves. Oak spice. Finish is long, with the spice becoming a bit more prominent, reminding me of red pepper flakes and cayenne. This takes water extremely well, opening up bigger fruit flavors and taming the heat, while losing nothing. In fact, I insist that you try this with a splash of water -- for me, the effect is pronounced enough to elevate my entire rating from a B+ to an A-. Nothing remarkable or different in particular about this -- except that it tastes really good!