First Impression: Nice grainy smells with apple woodland malty notes. Corn sweetness, barley malt,apple smoke wheat and some interesting sweet/sour spice. That being said this is a bit of a young whiskey – you don’t get the usual bourbon like notes you expect, but it has a fair amount of charm tom the apple wood smoke.
Taste: Interesting corn sweetness with the apple wrapping around the grains and enhancing their charm.Starts a touch sweet with a barley maltiness trying to get a hold, then falls off a bit fast to a slightly drying finish/fade. Rather light in the wood department, with oak char but not the accompanying vanilla and sweetness that comes from longer aging, barrel respiration and gradual longer term aging. Leaves it in a more shall we say Pioneer or Bootleg period flavor profile rather than a more polished more sedate and plush type of profile with a good amount of oak char and initial aging characteristics but not the longer term aging characteristics many would look for. More of a heavy charcoal effect (think Jack Daniels) than a sweetening and mellowing leaving a bit raw spirit with charcoal but the apple wood gives you a lingering carnivore association of smoked meat crust and the slightly fatty traces from the grain enhance this. Young, brash, and a bit edgy