Nose: Freshly baked ginger bread, dusty wood, saw dust, musty warehouse, vanilla, small spice, smell after a rain shower (dusty scent).
Taste: Oranges, canned fruit salad, small spice and stale cigarettes. Entertaining malty implication.
Finish: Short and slightly flat, enjoyable but not distinguishable.
Balance: Well balanced, silky smooth, clean blend and aftertaste but a little short in my opinion. Never the less enjoyable in its own way.
Comments: I let this sit for a good 8 minutes before I considered nosing and tasting. This bottle had been sitting in the cupboard for sometime, quarter full, so a little air may have put a slight tinge to it.
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Reviewed by Clint A