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Nose: apples, pears, barley, and a hint of caramel.
Body: dry, rough, and chalky in the mouth.
Palate: very salty — almost overwhelmingly so — with a little ginger and lemon. It burns the tongue. Somewhere in the background there, I taste sweeter notes like dried apricots and prunes, some milk chocolate, and root beer candies. But the sour saltiness is definitely up front.
Finish: very long and kind of surprising. It starts very light before the burn builds up and bursts forth with a deep warming. The after-taste is very sweet and fruity, perhaps owing to the exit of the salt and sour from the palate.
This is a really dry whiskey, to the point of borderline unpleasantness. It is an interesting side trip, but given how closely it is priced to personal favorites like Macallan 12 or the Laphroaig Quarter Cask, I don't see myself going down this road twice.