Nose of fruit and Circus Peanuts (the candy) with light smoke. Gentle warming smoothness on the palate, bourbony with spices, sweet, and creeping notes of gentle wood smoke. The previous fades nicely in the finish with some woodyness taking over.
Wow...so much better tha the 12 year and worth the extra cost is worth it. This has some coconut ginger spice going on with some nice mellow vanilla. The fruity cherries and raisins are nicely integrated. B/B+ ....a bit more on the B+ side but just barely.
n: rich deep fruit and malt. Black cherry, sandalwood, strawberry compote, wood char. Rum raisin and cherry with a hint of forest. Such a great nose.
t: Creamy chai aspect to this with the cherry. The palate is full-bodied and rich with red cherry vanilla and milk chocolate. Light paper smoke in the finish. Balanced and well put together. [solid B+]