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Whiskey tasted neat.
Appearance: straw-gold colour.
Nose: A fair bit of alcohol, some vanilla, caramel, brown sugar becoming more prevalent with time.
Palate: Sweet and somewhat plain; a very 'forward' flavor profile. Caramel, brown sugar, a bit of toast, some vanilla, very mild oak.
Finish: very short with little hint of spice.
Overall impressions: a fairly good 'gateway' bourbon, it's quite sweet and fairly mildly flavored but it's not terribly interesting and its price put it in competition with bourbons that are decidedly better. The astringent quality of alcohol comes through quite strongly at times, as well - compared to Woodford Reserve, which I have also reviewed and which has essentially the same ABV, the alcohol is much more prevalent here.