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I decided to take a short break from sampling all those whiskies I picked up at the festival. And, since I was a bourbon virgin (meaning that I'd tried only Jim Beam and Jack Daniel's before - which doesn't count), I went out and bought a bottle of this baby here. And it rocks!
NOSE: sweet, but not overly sweet, a little creamy and elegant caramel, brown sugar, bitter aromatic wood, candied fruit, vanilla, toffee, hints of milk chocolate, raisins. All that being said, it does have an alcoholic kick to it. Adding a drop of water releases its hazelnuts (Nutella like) notes. The nose of a beautiful single malt and rum notes as well. Rich, rum-soaked sponge cake. Intensely powerful. Wow. 23/25
TASTE: clean, dry, beautiful vanilla, oily, silky, milk chocolate, with dry aromatic wood, cinnamon, all-spice, a hint of moka coffee, roasted hazelnuts. A little sour note in here as well. Cola. All that is based on over-brewed black tea with bergamot, a little bitterness here as well. 23/25
FINISH: long, spicy, caramel, waffles, tannins. 23/25
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 93/100 for a bourbon so far. If somebody happens to know bourbons that are richer and more complex in profile - please do tell me about them. This one, however, is a very good well-priced bourbon, in my book. And I hear that they stopped producing it with an age statement on the back, but I was lucky enough to get an older bottle with an age statement.