This is the Private Edition release from 2014. It was matured in 60% Burgundy casks and 40% Rhone Valley casks after spending it’s first years in ex-bourbon barrels. It’s bottled at 46% ABV.
Nose: So many fruits at work here – smells like a fruit cobbler. Cherry, strawberry, red apples, some cinnamon, cardamom, and a bit of a grassy note.
Palate: Explosion of fruit and spice up front with a bit of pepper. Almost feels like a port to a degree given the dark fruit influence.
Finish: Dry but long – mostly fruit notes that linger on.
Rating: 90/100 – This one seems rather polarizing for people. If you don’t like very sweet whiskies, you won’t like this. If you’re like me and prefer a sweeter style, it’s a real fruit bomb that is pretty unique.
Value for the money: At retail ($99), this is a solid buy. I wouldn’t pay much over that though.