Advent Calendar 12/24. Midway through, a quite ordinary bourbon at first blush but does develop with some perseverance.
Nose – Wooded honey, raisin, demerara sugar. Depth is an issue – feels like its about to go somewhere but doesn’t get there. Then some crayons and sherry depth. Pleasant but ordinary. The one-dimensionality that Smooth Ambler isn’t, but perfectly pleasant.
Body – Sweet, then rich, then perfumed, then spicy, then toffee malt, then sharp oak water.
Finish – Pleasantly spicy oak, washes away to leave very lovely, honeyed malt. Great landing.
What's not good about it: Almost an ordinary bourbon. Palate is unbalanced.
What’s good about it: Smooth, tasty, good finish.