Color: Light amber, copper pennies color with very persistent, thick and oily teardrops simply refusing to turn into legs.
Nose: A little thin... Mineral and metallic. Stainless steel hip flask, sparkling water and breakfast cereals. Dried figs, cinnamon apples and candied pecans.
Palate: Still quite thin in texture but spicy and also tad bitter. Black licorice, black pepper and peanut brittles. Cornflakes and apple strudel. Corn in the mash-bill is more pronounced than I would ever expect: Toffee candies, some dried mint and toasted oak. A very thin dusting of baking spices: Allspice, nutmeg and cloves.
Finish: Short with corn on the cob, peanut butter and black pepper.
Overall: I am underwhelmed to say the least... I don't want it sound worse than it is but I believe I was expecting a bigger step-up from the 80 proof version. Yes, I purchased this whiskey solely for mixing purposes but I also believe that every bottle in my spirits cabinet has to be enjoyable to sip. This one really came close to that line to be honest... There are definitely other options out there I would reach before even in this price category.
Price: $23 (1 liter bottle)