Nose: Strong notes of sweet toffee right away, rich and buttery. A slight hint of citrus.
Palate: Warm caramel on the tongue, quickly hits with black pepper, clove and a bit of fresh oak. The oak reveals itself as mild earthiness, like raw almonds, slightly bitter.The spice is light but lasting, giving a good heat and warm finish that leaves your tongue ablaze.
Conclusion: This batch is quite smooth and just sweet enough, though it does leave lingering heat on the tongue. It’s a great entertaining whiskey – a good batch to slowly sip on by the fire and an interesting conversation starter, but it won’t steal the show. A fine juxtaposition of sugar and spice.