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APPEARANCE: Dark caramel.
BODY: Medium bodied.
AROMA: Delicious. Like dark caramel flan sauce with dark rum, spicy rye and cherry notes.
ON THE PALATE: The arrival is dryer than the nose. Rye, cherry and oak at the top, with a flash of sweetness, then a long fading away of the sweetness into spicy rye and malt, with coffee at the bottom, earth and dry. And the cherry, always the cherry.
SUMMARY: There’s a lot here to be contemplated. Great balance. Complex and rich, yet very drinkable. Tasting this whisky is a long, lingering spicy trip from sweet to dry. There is no age statement, but there is nothing obviously young about this whisky except perhaps the pleasant spiciness of the rye. A fine dram for those who like their rye complex and a little on the dry side.
VALUE: At $57, and considering I was amazed to find it in NYC the other day, this is a pretty good value.
Megawatt also did a review of this whisky back in October of 2012, which I entirely agree with.