The barrel is toasted lightly, rather than heavily charred in the style of a traditional bourbon barrel. The lighter toast on this second barrel imparts different flavors—they produce more baking spice flavors like cinnamon and vanilla, as opposed to the deeper burnt sugar and oak notes that come from charring. Light wood, fresh dough, fresh washed mushrooms and a hint of smoke are all present. Honey, vanilla and light caramel jumped out at me with a subtle hint of smoke on the palate. Surprisingly a strong sense of smoked wood was very present at the start of this finish.
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