N: Really lovely, licorice and spice. Lots of rye with sweet notes in the back. P: Silky smooth mouthfeel, sweet yet woody with butter, milk chocolate, port/Cognac notes. Layers of flavor, lots going on. Quite hot. Water brings out the spicy rye notes. F: Drier and more woody.
Complex, interesting, one of the best Four Roses Single Barrels I've had.
N: Strong and sharp. Some vanilla, some black cherry. Strong wood influence, definite caramel and a slight hint of cinnamon. Water makes the nose more prickly and brings the rye up.
P: Medium-thick on the palate, somewhat sweet with caramel, vanilla and maple syrup. Slight hint of cinnamon. Some medium wood that is slightly bitter. Quite warm, with a noticeable cherry influence. Water makes the palate a little more cleanly sweet and again focuses the rye a bit more, but at a detriment to everything else.
F: Initially warm, with strong woody tones that are bitter. Black cherry, light caramel and toffee. Water reduces the bitterness and brings up an interesting earthy note.
I wasn't initially fond of this because it's quite hot. However, repeated sips really helped me focus in on the nuance. There's a lot here and it's almost overwhelming, and a lot of it is fleeting. Water tightens the focus but robs it of complexity.