Rob Allanson – 9.1
Nose: Sweet up front. Candied almonds, coated in hard sugar, caramel toffee chews, Dutch honey syrup wafer and milky coffee.Oak takes hold with tannins and spices.
Palate: More fruit, overpowering the oak. Apples, poached pears and runny honey. Tarte tatin – that caramalized sugar edge. Nutmeg and cinnamon.
Finish: Rich with vanilla cream and spice. Morish.
Comments: A liquid apple pie, just ask for more.
Sam Coyne – 8.4
Nose: Swing back a few months, untangle the lights and put that Christmas tree back up. Sweet, spices; nutmeg, cinnamon and oak. Vanilla, caramel and a touch of honey.
Palate: Stewed raisins and sultanas with honey up-front. Oak spice grabs you by the shoulders and shakes.
Finish: Rich, the festive spices return.
Comments: Good, straight forward Bourbon, that surprises more than a little. Is there anything not to like about this one?