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This Whiskey was confusing to me at first, until I remembered to let it speak for itself. I often have a flavor profile in mind before drinking a single taste and this clouds my experience of tasting. This whiskey was positively psychedelic. Seemingly contradictory but making perfect sense at the moment, then fading gently away as if it maybe never was...
This specimen was everything I thought it would be on the nose and More! Beautifully More!! Rich, nuanced and balanced, and ultra-luxurious.
The palate was so tightly wrapped in wood with only the crunchy sweet rye coming through around the edges. This rye, I mean Bourbon, opens up slowly, drop by drop, with water revealing a genteel sweetheart of a whiskey, hiding shyly under the gruff, bitter exterior.
The finish is what really takes this stuff to another level. It comes on subtly and gentle, almost whimsical, blossoming, building up to a gentle but all encompassing crescendo of layered flavors. Here is the luxurious complexity the nose promised. Here is the dark mystery that is so intoxicating, soft but overpowering: Zen Bourbon!