A highly coveted release, it's essentially High West rendez-vous rye with additional aging in French oak Port Barrels
Nose: Oak forward, red fruits, a touch of plasticine, brown sugar, baking spices. A bit of sappy wood, clay, plums & cardboard. It's a rather tight nose, takes a while to reveal itself. With a bit of water it teases out toasted oak, balsamic vinegar, cinnamon bark.
Palate: Mineral, bittersweet, slight mint/menthol, dried cherries, apricots and, very oak forward. With water, more fruits, slightly winey, blackcurrant, a bit of tobacco, rye forward with spice and wet grain.
Finish: Dried fruits, Black tea with milk, cardboard & wax, leather and vanilla. it's almost like one of those modern colognes (Tom Ford, Atelier Parfums etc..)
Blab: The French oak is really apparent on the palate especially with a drop of water. I found it an interesting take on bourbon with the finish, it's not as sweet as I thought it would be. I enjoyed the darker notes, leather/ tobacco, dark fruits, the minerality is also welcome but there's not enough of it to really keep your attention. Combined with the weak nose I have to say I'm not really moved by this one