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Nose: On first whiff the odor of alcohol is overwhelming, like sniffing astringent. Let it breath a little, and the nose opens up quite a bit. The scent of alcohol gradually gives way to a perfume that separates into pine, citrus, walnuts, and especially caramel.
Body: full and syrupy.
Palate: Ah, here's the oak. Very woody with a pinch of pepper. But also chocolate covered bananas drizzled in caramel. Adding a few drops of water really brings out the contrast between the sweet and spicy.
Finish: Salted plantain chips and herbal tea. Menthol steaming up the throat. Long, warm, and satisfying. Dark chocolate and mint linger on the tongue for minutes.
I really didn't care for this bottle on my first try. The bite of the alcohol in the nostrils just really overwhelmed everything else this whiskey had to offer. I tasted bitter oak and little else. Revisiting it now, letting it breath for a few minutes was definitely key. A lot of conflicting sensations throughout, yet they somehow work together to offer a very fulfilling experience. I'm glad I gave this one time to work its magic. The finish is probably my favorite part.