I so wanted to like this stuff Jim Murray raves about it (not this particular 'essay' though), it's North American rye, it's described as a big whisky, which is full of flavour. AND it cost me as much as a nice CS SMWS bottling !!
First of all it tastes nothing like any other whisky I've ever tried. In fact it does not taste like whisky (IMHO). I thought it was like a cross between some weird brandy / grappa and a cheap rum. I felt I could still detect smell a hint of 'white dog' on the nose and I found the mouthfeel to be oily in a way I did not like ! Sure the stuff has a lot of flavours - just not very nice ones (IMO)
Personally I think it would benefit from *a lot* longer in the wood. Myself and a friend stacked it up against Wild Turkey Rare Breed, Glenlivet 18yo and Laphroaig 10yo CS and it was like moonshine in comparison (IMHO).
Ok I've only had one pour and I'll come back to it, but right now I don't like it and I think it is a rip off