Rob Allanson 9.0
Nose: Sweet almond paste, cherry cola cubes and then floral. The oak cuts through the
alcohol to give vanilla and wood smoke.
Palate: The spices are huge at first, all those oak tannins, cinnamon and cumin, then they recede into a lovely cherry pie and vanilla sweetness.
Finish: A little grippy oak and then dries on all those exotic oak spices.
Comments: Despite its soaring proof, this is effortlessly smooth, spicy and a benchmark Bourbon.
Sam Coyne 8.2
Nose: Ice cream with a rich toffee syrup. A gentle fruitiness of bitter cranberries.
Palate: Big whack of oak spice, before more of those red berries. Toffee is a little lighter, a savory pepper comes through. Mouthfeel is striking – coating and luxurious.
Finish: Medium to long and similar to the palate. Vanilla creams and bubblegum are new additions and balance out the savory flavors.
Comments: A statement whiskey. Water dials down oak and draws out fruit.