The nose is really sweet. I smelled birthday cake frosting with maybe a tiny hint of meyer lemon. The flavor is really smokey with a lot of alcohol heat. The smoke seems to come more from barrel char than the peat smoke flavor you get from a true scotch. Once you get past the smoke and alcohol heat you really can taste some classic American bourbon flavors like vanilla and white chocolate. There is a teeny tiny bit of floral undertones but you have to spend more than ten minutes with this glass before you will pick up on them because of the big smoke-, heat-, and vanilla-dominant notes upfront.
Its clearly a blend of American Bourbon and Scotch styles. It is OK at both, but not great at either. Not worth $64 for a bottle in my opinion.
First sniff provides wonderful barley undertones followed by a waft of smoky peat. Really looking forward to the sip... First sip blasts my taste buds with the deep, dark woods where only the gruffalo play.
My first taste was slightly overpowering, but as it sat in my mouth I could taste a fruity note and then a nice balanced smoky flavor. It gave a better balanced flavor as the ice melted and cooled the liquor and the cold water brought out some different profiles that made it more enjoyable.
This was what I was expecting from a single malt whiskey. I had this in a tasting kit and after my disappointment in Copper Fox this renewed my faith in the single malt whiskey. This has a very even smoky flavor that still allows the other notes to show themselves in each new sip. This had a broad range of tastes that can only truly be enjoyed slowly.
Loved the smoke. It was like drinking by a campfire on a cool fall night. The currents and sweets made for an excellent finish. If you add a touch of water it brings the sweet forward on the tongue, like the last sip of a mint julep. A very friendly whiskey.
This is a good whiskey. Don't tell me about the mesquite smoke and I might rate this one star up because there just wasn't that much smoke. It's great in an Old Fashioned, but the lack of smoke just didn't work for me. Good whiskey, just not a great whiskey at the price.
Very nice. Drank it next to my Macallan & Laphroaig. The mesquite is smokey, but much more approachable than the peat of the Islay Has some of the florals of the Highland. A nice balance; purchased a bottle of it. My friends will never guess.
Super unique! Starts off feeling very Irish, then brings in that smoke. But it’s way more brisket-y smoke than any whiskey (except Balcones Brimstone) and still subtle enough to not blow any other flavors away. Definitely worth trying, especially if you already like peated whiskies, the smoke won’t totally throw you off