Finally got around to opening these samples...here are my notes:
Production Code is 6c11. Don't know if this is important or just part of the label graphics, but there you go.
AROMA: Sweet, creamed corn predominate the nose. Not at all hot-smelling. With a bit of aeration, the nose becomes decidedly more vegetal.
TASTE: Entry is spicy...and very primary. Raw, almost grape pommace start, but turns quickly towards cereal grains. Light/medium bodied, with a soft, persistent finish and smooth burn that - like the nose - turns vegetal.
Production Code is 7R11.
AROMA: Very odd...dusty cardboard and vegetal, with a smell of moldy rubber/sweat socks/old shoes.
TASTE: More fiery and high-toned than the corn version. The spiciness grabs your attention, but the finish fades quickly. Similar finish to the corn, but not nearly as pronouced.
Overall, these two examples of new make are better used as an educational product than something to consume as is. It definitely shows the importance of barrels and aging of the product, and the influence both have on creating complex/complete aromas, flavors and textures.
I was struck by the fact that - at 125 proof - neither spirit tasted particularly hot. Nice to have in my collection; however, I never would have purchased them myself.