”Matured in our finest American oak casks”. A bold statement, but that is none the less what is printed on the bottle. A little alcohol burn is almost all I get on the nose at first. Some sweet pears and citrusy notes is hiding in the background and is noticeable after some minutes in the glass.
More is going on in the taste. Some white fruits and citrusy notes like in the smell, but also some grass and hay comes to mind. Very warming. The finish is a bit sharp at first, but soon the sweetness from the white fruits comes rushing in. A slight touch of oak, vanilla and caramel is in the background all the way.
It would have been quite weak at 40 %, so luckily they bottled this at 46%. For the price, it is a fine entry to see what grain whisky is all about. In my opinion, grain whiskies often gets very beautiful with age, so don’t get scared of grain whiskies if you try this and you don’t like it – there are so many good ones out there! I will give this 78/100 (19/20/20/19).