The first sniffs detect restrained, lightly roasted kernel/bean-like scents; bouquet opens up as aromas of saddle leather, tobacco leaf and walnut come to the fore. Palate entry is semisweet, candied and creamy; by midpalate, the taste includes pepper, welcome spirity heat, oak resin and caramel corn. Ends showing the delicate side of Bourbon.
90-95 points, Wine Enthusiast (May 2004)
Interesting aromas of freshly waxed wood, saddle soap, suede, tapioca and pecan nougat with a round, supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, dried fruit, roasted nut, grainy pastry dough, mint leaf, cola, sassafras, peppery spice, and mineral ore accented finish. Very distinctive, intricate, and stylish.
91 points, Beverage Testing Institute (Feb 2011)