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I have returned to America just in time for Independence Day, and figured a nice American whiskey would do the trick. I haven't had the standard 81 proof. This bottle is my mom's, is 3/4 full and opened for about a month apparently. I believe there is a higher rye content in this than the standard 81 proof but I ask for verification on that.
Nose: Pecans, walnuts, caramel, vanilla. Sweet. Very nutty. It's almost like smelling your grandma's pecan pie with an alcohol kick.
Palate: More pecan specifically, along with other temperate climate nuts. Pine nuts, walnuts, oak, even some minty green pine needles...would be a good forest whiskey....if thats a thing. Caramel, vanilla, and leche cake are there as well especially on the finish to make for a pretty sweet finish. 5 minutes later and that minty green pine needle taste returns which I find unique and I'm fairly fond of it.
Overall: I enjoyed this. It's a bit sweet at some points, but the flavors are big and well balanced. If you know me then you know I'm not a huge bourbon guy. I will say this, I liked this better than the Knob Creek 9yr that I had while in China which suprised me because this is half the age.
Happy 4th and welcome home to me!