Nose: Pears, honey, vinegar, metal, barley, and a grainy scent that’s reminiscent of a Canadian whisky. All pretty high-pitched stuff. Maybe not the most enticing nose, but pleasant enough.
Palate: Mild arrival. This is dangerously smooth. Fruitier and sweeter than the nose suggested. Honey, lavender, apple cider, licorice, barley, grain, and some gentle baking spices.
Finish: Spices like nutmeg and cinnamon give a very gentle prickle. Red licorice, honey, apple cider, grain, and barley. There’s a soft oak note hiding just behind the barley. Very much a continuation of the palate. Short and easy.
Thoughts: Perhaps I need to rethink my definition of luxury. It’s not “good,” but it is what it should be; smooth and easy. If you’re looking for character or personality you’ll be disappointed, there’s no richness or body here. Nothing bad or off key, but this is about as neutral and simple as they come. But of course they aren’t making this for finicky snobs like us, are they? Smooth and easy is exactly what people expect from this. It is what it is.