Nose: Complex procession of vanillas and the usual citrus presence offering a thin veneer.
Palate: A series of soft explosions light up the taste buds, but again it is the corn that dominates, its soft oils acting as a buffer for the rye and spice.
Finish: Long and improbably elegant with the smaller grains at last finding a coherent voice; the sweeter vanilla joined by a dry, toasty oakiness.
Comment: As an everyday bourbon, there is little to match this one. It’s all about balance and complexity and injections here and there of the elements that make bourbon unique.