Nose - smoked meat, mesquite, apple sauce, butterscotch, marshmallow, orange zest, vanilla, cherry, floral and vegetal notes, cinnamon, allspice, black pepper, mild to moderate ethanol burn.
Taste - mesquite, vanilla cream, baked apple, smoked meat, cherry, butterscotch, orange blossom, lemon, sweet floral notes, nutmeg, cinnamon, sour oak, black pepper, ginger, moderate alcohol bite, finishing medium short with mesquite, smoked meat, and citrusy apple flavors.
The nose is BBQ with a side of apple sauce. There are some floral, vegetal, and citrus notes as well, but not much else. The palate is a bit better, with baked apple and citrus accompanied by salty, thirst-inspiring smoked meat.
This has the unfortunate task of following my tasting of the excellent Whiskey Del Bac single cask Lost Lantern bottling. As expected, they share many characteristics, but Dorado is but a shadow of its cask strength counterpart. While not bad, it tastes overdiluted and young, with a rather short, unceremonious finish. If I hadn’t tasted the Lost Lantern yesterday, I may have liked this more. But alas, it’s just better than average for me. Many thanks to @ContemplativeFox
for providing the sample!