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I've enjoyed this several times at intervals over the last few years. Never sat for review purposes, but always loved it. This is the Sauternes version and it's wonderful.
Oak, beautiful spice & grain and banana on the nose. I wouldn't be able to specifically pick Sauternes if I didn't know, but as it opens more, wine notes on the nose. Later some vanilla, after tasting it...
First thought on first sip, beautiful banana bread or banana pudding. (with some cream notes). Vanilla on the finish and this continues to come to the forefront as it opens. (as noted in Aroma).
I'll do it, but I'm afraid to add a couple drops of water.. But I need to for the review. My standard. But it does not need anything.... Ahh, not a problem.. Some menthol and mint come out. Aroma is kicked up again. Some black pepper on the nose after water.
Yeah, this is excellent.
February 9, 2020 (edited February 10, 2020)
4.5 out of 5 stars
Nose is luscious and sweet. Apricot, vanilla, white chocolate, orange blossom honey, cherry cola, birch bark, cinnamon, white pepper, allspice, and more.
Whoa, smoke initially but quickly turns to vanilla root beer, apricots with whipped cream and caramel, black pepper, and more smoke on the finish. Pretty sweet rye with that really interesting smokiness up front and at the back end, love it.
Finish is med+ with nice body and almost no burn but it does make my mouth tingle in a very pleasant way. This is a complex rye through and through. Being a wine lover as well, I appreciate the Sauternes barrel influence and the nuanced sweet complexities it adds.
Simply delicious. Nose of ripe peach/pear/apricot (stone fruits), vanilla, honey, almost creme brulee like (heavily sauterne influenced), rye spice. Has a silky, rich, soft, and velvety mouthfeel. Attack of sweet apricot that eases gently into a crescendo of rye spice, and sweet red licorice. The finish is warm and sweet with red licorice and ginger dominating with a hint of barrel notes. Nice rye punch to match the sweetness of the cask finishes. One of my favorite finished ryes.