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Nose: Leather, shoe polish, fudge, and a slightly oxidized note. Some chocolate and malt. Hints of banana nut bread, walnuts, and mushrooms. It's another very good showing, even if not exceptional. Maybe even some apples and pears come up in the rear.
Palate: Thick and rather oak-forward. Initially sweet, followed by an acidic bitterness from wood. Drying. Sharp cedar and extracted syrup from wood. Espresso grinds and chocolate. Bananas foster, glue, and some varnish. It's really a bit out of balance here and just doesn't do it for me.
Finish: Sweet, dry, bitter, and sappy. It's good, and finishes better than it started on the palate, but it was all over the place and has a few rough spots. I thought that the 46% was the better choice for some of these notes.