The nose evoked root beer and corn candies at Halloween, leather chairs in a cigar-scented room, pit-barbecued hog, vanilla and brown sugar. The palate was tannic and sweet – leather, liquorice root, Lapsang Souchong and polished wood against barbecued bananas, toffee apples at the fairground, bubble gum, sarsaparilla, cherry cola and pecan pie. With water the nose discovered Christmas pudding and brandy butter, molasses, brown sugar and red laces – and taking out your wallet at the rodeo saloon bar. The palate gave us maple-roasted gammon, pumpkin pie and toffee, with leather tobacco pouches, cigar boxes, cinnamon, allspice and cloves reverberating in the finish. The mashbill was 82% Arkansas corn, 9% Arkansas wheat & 9% malted barley.
Cask: New American oak charred barrel Age: 4 years Date distilled: June 2015 Alcohol: 58.7% USA allocation: 132 bottles