Color: A rich, golden medium amber
Nose: Intense caramel, blackberry, and vanilla ice cream. Quite solvent and intense for how low proof the spirit is. With water the aroma became more focused and nuanced, with stronger red berry and cinnamon notes supported by spicy oak.
Flavor: Lots of caramel in the front palate segues to apricot, dark chocolate bitterness, and lingering ginger heat. Though its caramel-forward nose and palate suggests sweetness, this spirit is dry as a bone. There?s a sturdy oak character, especially in the finish, with a somewhat rye-like heat and spiciness that?s thankfully free of sawdust notes. Not as overly tannic and woody as many extra-aged bourbons, there is still a tight and slightly sourish note to the finish.