Strong booze quality to the nose, with hints of licorice. In a good way. I don’t like anise, but in this spirit, that quality to the aroma works really well.
In the mouth, the alcohol comes across prominently, backed with a kind of medicinal or herbal quality. There’s a strong alcohol burn from start to finish, and it’s the most notable element of the finish.
The web site says the taste is “Rich caramel with balanced vanilla, stone fruit notes, smokey depth, with an oak finish”. I didn’t get any of that except I guess the smokey depth, but it came across as less smoke and more medicinal/herbal. And the finish isn’t oak, it’s just booze.
Two stars. Not making my list of follow-ups.
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