Nose: Oily and fruity, with significant menthol notes coming right off the nose. Corn husks, maple, dried apricot, and spices – nutmeg, leather, pralines, coconut, buttercream, cherries, strawberries, wood smoke – this nose develops! Very pleasant, lightly sweet. Creamy and nutty, with maple and oak coming as it opens up.
Taste: Dried cherries, leather, and some oily corn held tight by some tannins although it isn’t very oaky all things considered. The palate is long, with the tastes taking their time to develop well. Overall, very nice – oily too in texture and pleasing in flavour – but not spectacular. Not as rich on the palate as the nose.
Finish: Barrel char, sweet corn, vanilla – slightly sour and tannic. Earthy oak does take its time, and the tannins fade and you’re left with something quite nice. However, the feel is still a bit puckered from the tannins.