NOSE: Stone fruit/cherry | bubble gum, graham cracker, cereal | whiff of mown grass and sawn lumber, light minerality
TASTE: Loads of brown sugar on entry | baking spice at midpalate | viscous and oaky all around | delicious lingering, mouthcoating sweetness
FINISH: Long, luscious, warm and memorable, leaves me craving another sip. Despite the 113.8 proof, there’s only warmth, no burn. Though reluctant to add water, I did and saw the oak ramp up appreciably and the fruit intensify sharply. Peppermint and meringue come alive. Long after my sip was finished, dried rye comes remains on my palate.