Peggy Noe Stevens
Nose: Incredible malty burst, followed by paprika and white pepper. Dried apricot and fumed oak. Baked apples and a touch of honey here.
Palate: The heat is domineering with cinnamon on the first sip, but slows down to a bready and yeast and appley flavor. Big oak.
Finish: Loses balance of flavors. Dry with a pale cayenne aftertone.
Comments: There is a lot going on here. Try it over a big block of ice to tame some of the spice.
Nose: Corn bread studded with berries. Very little, if any, caramel, but some faint intimations of vanilla. Quite a lot of oak.
Palate: Malted corn sweetness. The berries are dried rather than juicy. Crushed pecans add to the dryness.
Finish: Bourbons tend to become drier through the finish, but this one starts dry, has a slight crescendo to brown sugar, and then fades back to dry oak.
Comments: Arid. But it might work very well in a Manhattan.