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My first sip was a little disappointing. I expected a rush of flavors and instead was met with the stringency of alcohol and a slight dirt taste. I also wanted to be met with a sweetness I am so fond of in my sipping Bourbons. Not wanting to brush past a whisky so highly regarded by others I gave it another shot.
I was pleasantly surprised with my decision. The heat of the alcohol was replaced by a welcomed warmth seconds after my swallow. The dirt taste was no longer there and the vanilla and tastes of wood casks rushed to the front. Closing my eyes I could almost picture the casks eagerly waiting for their twelfth birthday. This whisky was smooth and easy to drink, once my palate grew accustomed. There's a slight floral quality to each sip, but I'm not able to place the source.
Sip this one over a few ice cubes and don't be afraid to have a second dram.