Age is readily apparent, not as weariness, but sheer intensity-like a Vise-Grip handshake from an old man. The flavors come in rapid waves, first on the nose with pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, sassafras, cassis, licorice, orange peel, and menthol-like hints of solvent. Then chewy fruit and drying oak harmonize on the palate, the dark berry fruits playing off the refined oak with its cedary spice. The drying finish echoes of rustling autumn leaves and plum skins. Exquisitely balanced and muscular
Just over 200 bottles of this super-limited edition were released in 2012-most of them are already gone from the shelves. Although many whiskey lovers have lauded this Bourbon as a new favorite, the titanic 114 proof makes it hot and difficult to savor the butterscotch-like flavors, even with major doses of water added.