Peggy Noe Stevens 9.0
Nose: Crème Brûlée with blackberries and dark brown sugar. Corn pudding and airy pipe smoke. Breadcrumbs and earthiness with some golden raisin.
Palate: A seductive caramel, marshmallow and sweet grains. Some dried apricots. Fresh baked apple pie and hints of dark chocolate.
Finish: Spice keeps unveiling itself, but the caramel is not forgotten.
Comments: Champion of complexity. I would pour it over the rocks, I would pour it over ice-cream… just pour it!
Susan Reigler 8.9
Nose: Very light, with a subtle floral quality. Flowers are joined by vanilla and baking spice, too.
Palate: Dark fruit and toffee. But where have all the flowers gone? It still has complexity with pepper and oak.
Finish: Dries very quickly to oaky tannins that persist along with a sprinkling of pepper.
Comments: Some orchard fruit emerges with the addition of a little water. This whiskey would play very well with sweet vermouth in a Manhattan.