Let me start with an apology. How Canadian of me. I'm sorry, I don't have the bottle in front of me, so I can't include the warehouse or barrel number at this point, but I promise I will add it. I've had enough time with this one to make some decent tasting notes. I even posted a more detailed (and charming?) review over on my blog.
- Nose (undiluted): floral vanilla, toffee, menthol, oak
- Palate: medium body, spicy arrival, more vanilla and toffee, orange peels, black pepper, with rye and hearty herb spiciness. I want to say there are hints of rosemary, odd as that may sound.
- Finish: medium-long, spicy rye pepperiness, lingering oakiness with that herbal note in the background.
Adding water toned down the bite a little and pushed the menthol and herbal notes a bit further into the background. Trigger warning, this next part may offend some purists. I made a few Old Fashioned cocktails with this bourbon and it really shone. A weaker bourbon or rye can disappear in an Old Fashioned, but not this one. I was very impressed.