Beautiful tall thin bottle (but top-heavy and tippy) and dark auburn liquid, but with rather thin legs. Light nose: cherries and light brown sugar, and a hint of malt. Cherries, dried fruit, burnt sugar, and then an explosion of ethanol on the pallet, which surprised me for an older Port barrel finish. Rich, but the mouthfeel is thin/light. Finish is not long and not very spicy given the high rye mashbill. There's some fruit, spice, and oak, but it's a dry and rather compact finish, with a little lingering sourness. With ice the flavors round nicely and the ethanol burst disappears. Becomes softer and less of a challenge, but... whether or not that's a good thing is personal taste. Need to think about this and update review after more experience. A month later, and basic review stands. The nose is maybe the best part of this good whiskey. Ice does tame the ethanol pallet. Finish seems even thinner, but there is some rye spice. A good Port barreled bourbon, but pricier than equally good alternatives.