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I have to admit I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to American whiskey. I was gifted this half bottle by a well meaning in-law and am intrigued by its distinctive flavours compared to the mainly Scottish malts I’m used to. The aromas seem very fruity with a little pine resin sweetness as an undercurrent. The fruit include apples and pears but there is something more tropical in there too, peaches and under ripe bananas. The mouth feel is quite full with lots of sweet resin flavours from the wood, the fruit now provides the undercard. The finish is a bit short, the sweetness is tempered by more bitter notes through the finish.
I’m pleasantly impressed for something a lot of people seem to drown with coke. The resins are very dominant on the palate so complexity is a bit limited, but the fruity aroma is very entertaining.