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Nose- very sweet and rich. Clove and candied apricot is dominant notes- think fresh bark on a bone in ham but with a bit of menthol and some sarsparilla thrown in that doesnt make much sense on the ham. It does smell like newer whisky because it lacks an oaky back-bone.
Taste- lots of things going on here. It goes from sweet to tart, to too much different spices that seem to be not managed well. The mouthfeel is buttery and perhaps begins to border on becoming syrupy. Malt powder like chocolatey Ovaltine comes front and center. This reminds me a lot like Stranahan's with more of the spice cabinet towards the end. If you like Stranahan's standard offering, you might enjoy this.
Finish- goes out on a hint of that sarsparilla and becomes slightly grassy and hay like.
Overall- This one has too much diversions to it. The nose is sticky sweet and the finish is a bit too barnyard for me. What is in this bottle is like someone's unmanaged infinity bottle- probably some nice whiskies WENT IN all by themselves, but mixed all together they became all over the board. The finish product is not that well executed. That said, my expectations going in were not super high considering the price point. It is an interesting attempt that falls short.
Orange peel and dried apricot dominate on the nose. Somewhat bitter spice of clove/allspice on the palate and feels pretty thin and weak throughout. Never would have guessed an abv over 40.
Tries to swing big, but lacks the complexity a great whisky needs.