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No need for introductions here: This bottle has been open about a month and is half full.
Nose - Jack Daniels, seriously. Synthetic banana, vanilla, very sweet like an old style penny tray. Smoke and ash. A medicinal tang. Hint of iodine and a little coastal influence but no one particular thing jumps out.
Taste - Pretty much what I get on the nose. Very sweet arrival then it becomes more phenolic with the ash dominating. I prefer this to the nose.
Finish - fairly long with the smoke and ash lingering. Some very mild tannins and there's a residue of sweetness left, more of the banana.
A couple of drops of water improve this one for me. It softens the overt sweet notes and brings it all into a better balance. The smoke notes take on more of the sweetness and a lovely licorice note emerges.
A little bit briefer review than normal but quite busy currently and have wanted to do this one for a while now. I'll conclude by saying this is enjoyable but, like the 16, I find it perhaps not as good as it could be or, perhaps more accurately, as I expected. I feel as if they turn their whiskies up to 8 or 9 instead of going all the way to 11.