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This is my first bourbon review, so be gentle. I'm not a bourbon guy. I've tried various expressions at various times throughout my life, and I never fell in love with it. My reactions to bourbon are rarely negative, but they haven't been particularly passionate either. I'm more into single malts and good blends and blah blah blah you've heard all this before.
BUT... I'd love to get into it. All I need is to find that special bourbon that will enchant me and perhaps ease me into the wonderful world of bourbon. Could this be the one?
Nose: Being a malt lover I notice the rye first. Oak, cherry, molasses, nute, Lyle's Golden Syrup, some gentle spices, orange rind, and tobacco. What a thick and busy nose. Absolutely lovely.
Palate: Intense. Molasses, licorice, cherries, cajun BBQ sauce, birch wood, spices, and roasted vanilla. Very warming and rich.
Finish: Quite long. Very smooth and balanced. Oak and molasses again, with maraschino cherries and some lovely tobacco notes.
This is by far the best bourbon I've had. Granted, I haven't had many. But I think this may just be the one which converts me into a believer. I'm absolutely loving this expression. I think I may pour myself a second dram...