After spending more time drinking Charbay Whiskey I, I've really become a fan of this creation. Once you come to recognize the nose and flavor, the whiskey becomes quite craveable. And this release bring more of the same theme in bountiful amounts. The extra time in wood has mellowed the fire while adding some woody depth, and this will probably make this release more appealing to most. I love it. But I do prefer the previous release by a little bit more. Again, the price is objectionable, but on flavor alone, this stuff is purely unique and uniquely delicious.
Retaste: Let's just say there have been many retastes. I LOVE this stuff. Release II has one of the best noses you'll ever find on a whiskey. Ever. B+/A-
Lots of pine in the nose, smells richer and more compled this time (compared to the first release). The pine hoppy thing goes off big on the palate. Mmmmmmm. Finish is extremely long. This is just bizarre and once you get past that fact it's really enjoyable in it's huge bizarreness (actually a word, I looked it up). It's like whiskey with a breath freshener built in. I feel enlivened by it. Makes me say ahhhh after each sip.