An abundance of charred oak and corn, with some sweet chewy caramel following up. grass, milk chocolate and malt. Typical with forty creek, there is some orange zest and floral notes. Fresh garden herbs, peach and a faint mint. Sawdust.
The palate does follow the nose with its chocolate covered malt and caramel notes. The whole drink is long, spicy and sweet. The entry is sweet and full of corn and char, it slides into a sweet milk chocolate malt and then subsides into the peppery finish, full of cinnamon and cloves as the chocolate hangs on. The finish is full of chocolate and some orange zest. Decayed flowers, maltesers, shredded wheat cereal, English toffee and black pepper. Orange marmalade.
Strange. Good, high quality, but unique. For barley lovers.
This was meant to showcase rye notes in the whisky, where I believe john hall has failed, but has still released a robust and well crafted whisky, be it more to rely on barley.