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Acquired as a 23rd birthday gift. Bottled specifically for Hy-vee (A grocery store chain) Kirksville, Mo.
Rick No.: L-30 Barrel No.: 14-0069 Bottled: 01-07-14 47% ABV Color: Copper-Amber
Nose: Upon opening its easily spicy-sweet leaning closer to the sweet side. Odd melon (cantalope/musk melon) notes become apparent. With time vanilla, caramel corn, brown sugar, molasses, sugar coated almonds, and ripe bananas foster. Very sweet nose, one of the better ones I've been a part of. Gentle spots of cinnamon emerge.
Body: Slow and fat droplets after swirling. Rich and relatively heavy on the tongue.
Taste: An immediate pop of oak and barrel char. Strong, bitter oak takes the reins and doesn't let go even if its arms were to fall off. Cinnamon, cloves, and a little black pepper. You have to dig for these notes like digging in heavy wet sand to find them. Not at all like the nose. Quite surprising.
Finish: Lingering oak, char and slight spices.
Overall: I've never realized the real power of American White Oak. My first hand lesson on its abilities right here. Very contrasting nose to palate. I was expecting a sweeter palate but with whisk(e)y one can only guess sometimes.