There's Serious Tasting and Then There's Serious Drinking
Thanks to my unofficial midwestern connection I found two bottles of PVW15 in my closet this evening. One is now down to the 3/4 mark. No serious tasting tonight, but then again I wasn't totally oblivious, either.
I found the intensity of the first few sips overwhelming (and that from a wheater, Gary!). The nose was very pleasant at full strength, but I needed to tone down the palate. I think the flavor element that I found to be excessive was barrel char. I made no effort to measure the water I added. One gurgle wasn't quite enough, so I added one more.
The amount of water that allowed the bourbon to display its palate in a more laid-back manner was detrimental to the nose. Perhaps this bourbon must be served in two glasses to be enjoyed fully. Nose one; then sip the other. :grin:
During future sessions I'll try to tease out some flavor elements.
Oh, and I still prefer the squat bottles with the antique-looking label.