I bought this one to try a different JD.
It pours a nice deep amber, and leaves an oily ring on the glass.
I had it both neat and with about a half teaspoon of water.
Undiluted, I did not pick up any significant scent. With water, I got some cinnamon and wood, with a bit of char in the background.
The first sip is a massive alcohol burn that almost numbs the tongue. It fills the mouth with some leather and oak, and cinnamon. There is a Buffalo Trace sweetness to this. The tastes are similar both neat and with water. The water only serves to lessen the alcohol burn.
The aftertaste is somewhat short, with a licorice and char taste. It also leaves an unpleasant bitterness that doesn’t go away quickly.
Overall, this is just ok. I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it again. I hope that future tastings will reveal some flavors I’ve missed.
Thanks for the review, less than favorable reviews are important, I have come to embrace these experience as formative, although every so often you just taste something so off putting.
As a single barrel there is inherently more product variation but I have enjoyed my recent JDSB experiences. I've purchased 3 bottles in the last 2 years (all different casks) and I was pleasantly surprised each time, that said I had no expectation coming in. All of them improved significantly with air exposure, the last bottle being particularly spectacular in it's last third after being forgotten for a couple of months after I reviewed it. I hope yours improves with time, let us know how it goes.
Get the barrel proof. The regular SB is meh. The barrel proof is heavenly.