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There is lots of information on the canister that holds this bottle, and much of it is repeated on the bottle. This is a single barrel from a special part of the warehouse, bottled in bond (diluted to 50%), with no indication of age (at least 4 years).
I opened this bottle in April 2015 at the home of @Talexander and it has seen limited use since that time. I think the last time I poured it was for @paddockjudge. It’s been gassed after each pour, and was about half full tonight.
This expression is reviewed in my usual manner, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water (1/2 a cap to a ~25cc pour), waiting, then nosing and tasting.
Neat – Rich, inviting nose, full of mid-range fruits, caramel and vanilla. Some brown sugar too. Some warm baking spices. Good start. 22/25
With water – light syrup, slightly higher pitch, the spices have faded. A little less interesting. (21/25)
Neat – Sweet arrival with lots of caramel. Some vanilla. A little hot at 50%. Not as complex as the nose had suggested. Very unidimentional. 20/25
With water – Not much different. The alcohol nip maybe transforms partly into a spiciness. With time it becomes smoother and more pleasant. (21.5/25)
Finish: Short. Oaky. Astringent. 21/25
Balance: Very unidimentional. The palate does not come close to the promise of the nose. 20/25
Score: Neat - 83 /100 With Water: 83.5 /100
Score with water and lots of time: 84/100
I think if I were in a particular mood I might have a glass of this, but that mood does not come around very often. I have many other open bourbons that I like better.
Probably one that would have been better to get as a sample than a full bottle for $85 CAD.