Age has treated this treated this spirit kindly. All those dark notes--Graham craxker, syrup, cinnamon, chocolate, root beer, anise--have all melded into one beautiful symphony. Just magnificent.
Rounded fruit (cherry?) and maple notes on the first pass. Perhaps a little lean on the back edge. The maple notes linger all the way thru the finish. A little more heat up front than I expected. I think the leanness comes from over oaking, or extended time in barrel and a rye mashbill, I'm guessing. A few drops of water actuall further diminished this whiskey.
Smells like whiskey. So far so good. Caramel and maple syrup on the nose. Bananas and char. Not much of a bite on the back end. A little burnt rubber on the second pass. Water brings out the wood. I gotta say, given the age I was expecting worse. This is not too shabby for hipster whiskey. Best for sipping while trying on your second pair of Warby Parkers and debating the merits of the last two Sleigh Bells albums.