On the nose, cinnamon apples and spice cake waft out of the glass first. They are followed by burnt orange peel, toffee and a touch of tobacco. I love the journey this whiskey takes you on. First, there’s an initial burst of sweet caramel. Then, the spices ramp up – cinnamon, clove, and cayenne pepper. Next a vanilla creaminess quenches the fire, so to speak. Finally, the long finish is full of sweet orange candy and some rye sharpness. There’s lots going on here.
Master Distiller Brent Elliott came up with a great combination of ages and recipes for this year’s lucious edition. It’s different from last year’s solid release, showing these guys can make lots of quality whiskey. Very well done. I don’t have to tell you to pick one up if you see it. You already knew that. 9/10
Thanks to Four Roses for the sample. All thoughts and opinions are my own.