Appearance: Golden light seeps out of a slightly thick backdrop. Each swirl of this unctuous nine-and-a-half-year-old Cask Strength whiskey offers radiant droplets saturated with the natural oils and fats.
Nose: Graham cracker crusted late summer peach cobbler with a deeply tantalizing whiff of both Sherry and splashes of wet saddle leather. Uncured Virginia tobacco leaf spring through a veneer of Rainier Cherry jam melting over sizzling hot rye bread.
Palate: First sips are full of sweet honey swirled deeply with fine sherry wine as they deepen and build into surges of steaming hot, slow cooked, hand ground grits.
Finish: Rich and sumptuous flavors reveal themselves behind the folds of the creamy sherry cask finished whiskey. Sips evoke ham biscuits slathered with a mustardy slaw of carrots and raisins, leading to a multi-minute experience that is worth savoring.
Luxuriant Sherry-soaked graham cracker crust peach cobbler leaps onto the tongue and immediately leads to mustardy slices of crusty rye bread. It continues with flavors of caramelized brown butter and warm vanilla custard accompanied by broiled grapefruit. The 123.8 Proof is unmistakable yet rich, soothing, and understated