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As an Englishman I am a big fan of the way a good Bourbon can take you away to a far off saloon in 1775 America. Sitting here in Essex I can almost imagine taking a last drink before heading off onto the American plains in pursuit of riches and glory. Scotch doesn't contain the promise of adventure as much as a good bourbon.
Nose: Butterscotch is the first thing I notice followed by a soft touch of vanilla and ever enticing oak. Instantly youth is noticeable, but rather than trying to be something its not this dram accepts that its not a wise experienced scotch and using its playful nature to its full advantage. A rich buttery afterthought comes to the fore and leaves me wanting to sniff away for hours.
Palate: Spicy oak with caramel and butterscotch make a fantastic match really complimenting the gentle warmth of the alcohol. I was expecting the alcohol to be unrefined and rough but instead I find the flavours well balanced, rich and thick.
Finish: Plum crumble with custard and a generous helping of sprinkled cinnamon springs to mind. A short finish lets it down slightly as I would have enjoyed spending more time with the fantastic mix of flavours.
Ok, objective achieved. I can almost see the last saloon, a bartender cleaning tumblers while the gunslingers on my left order another round. Unfortunately the finish takes me away from all the excitement far too quickly which is really disappointing.... but then I can always take another sip ;-D