By: Andrew Whiteley
K&L Staff Member
There simply aren't enough superlatives to adequately describe this whisky. The uniqueness of the four grain bourbon mashbill, the extended aging in new charred oak, the cold warehouses, the unfiltered and cask strength bottling, all contribute to a sublime drinking experience from start to finish. It begins when you pop open the bottle - you immediately are greeted with an intense caramel and vanilla before you even pour the whisky into your glass. With a pour and a swirl without even bringing the glass to your nose you're assailed by complex cedar and oak notes, sweet spices, more Madagascar vanilla, Cassia, and a sensation that every corner of your nasal cavity has been fulfilled. Nosing the glass more carefully reveals a pantheon of fruits ranging from crisp apples to decadent candied citrus and exotic tropicals all bathed in fresh sweet cream. It reminds me a bit of decades old single grain from Scotland, but with much more intensity. While it wouldn't be hard to spend hours nosing this, the palate is where things really start to get interesting. Cracked peppercorn melds with toffee, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla fudge. Incredulity forces a glance at the 119.7 proof on the label - it can't possibly be that high - but there it is. The whisky carries all of the power of 60%ABV with the grace and subtlety of a master blender's heavily proofed back nosing glass. The wild fruits abound and the fine wood tannins roll gently around providing structure and verve. The finish is long and lingering, a reprise of the epic dram that seems to have effortless evaporated from your glass.