Color: Light amber, polished copper color with a peachy hue and a ring of sizable teardrops morphing into thick and slow legs.
Nose: A little mute in the beginning... After letting it air for a couple minutes: Cranberry sauce, old metal lunch boxes and raspberry iced tea. Black cherry soda and rose petals. Adding a few drops water: Snapple fruit punch, sour cherry juice and fruit flavored room fresheners.
Palate: Artificial cherry flavoring like cherry flavored cough drops or cherry flavored chewing gums. Not a fan as now... That metallic note I got on the nose is also present on the palate: Empty Sigg bottles, copper pennies and cherry syrup. Adding water makes it easier to drink for sure but doesn't help necessarily to improve the palate. More artificial cherry extract and Hershey's strawberry syrup.
Finish: Medium with strawberry jam and sweet cranberry juice.
Overall: Unfortunately this one didn't quite work for me... Those metallic, jammy and syrupy notes shut me off right in the beginning and I really couldn't find my way back in. Luckily I have three more Holmes Cay samples waiting and I'll try to taste them within this week and post my notes. Thanks again to Southern California Whiskey Club and to Michael Ries for the sample.