My first touch on bourbon. I was really excited to try this one since all of my whisk(e)y experience has consisted of scotch.
I firs decided to taste it without water.
On the nose it has caramel, vanilla, and strangely carrots? Never have smelled carrots before from a whiskey. Oak is quite dominant as well, but not too much.
On the palette, woah, the strong 50 % ABV kicks in. Oak is very dominant, as well as the caramel & carrot flavor. From the taste I also see now the difference between older and younger whiskeys. This being the youngest whiskey I have tasted, it is more dry and The finish is shorter. Maybe after oxidizing for a while it might taste different.
After adding some water the smell is way more familiar to the scotch whiskies, the carrot flavour changed to even more caramel. The taste is also more complex now, and has somehow liquorice background. But still, quite dry and short after taste.
This introduction to bourbon was definetly interesting. I might need to let the liquid oxidize for a little bit to get more out of it, but it definetly showed me the differences between scotch and bourbon, from which, at least now, I still prefer the first one.