When I first had this Bourbon a few weeks ago some of the SMWS Heaven Hill bottles came to mind. What was especially reminiscent was the presence of Campari on the nose and palate, which is a drink I regularly enjoy. First tried it head to head against Rock Hill Farms and I enjoyed it much more, than this genereally higher rated whisky (the RHF).
Nose: Powerful. Dark roast coffee and cocoa. Campari, overripe cherry and tropical fruits (slight). Oak.
Palate: Good bitter sweet balance but the oak dominates slightly, with challenging black coffee dark chocolate combining with the Campari bitter sweet fruitiness to make a combative oak-influenced mouthfill.
Finish: Long and bitter sweet.
Comment: A Bourbon 'right up my alley'. Powerful, fruity and challenging. If you think WT 101 is too potent I suggest you steer clear of this one
Score: 92 (JM leniency)