just bought a bottle tonight...and tried it neat and with a micro splash (i.e., mega drop) of water.
not catching the sweetness.
the spiciness...and yes, that "cinnamon/red hots" sense is there...nice for being a bantam weight 90 proof!
ratcheer, you may have really gotten a bad bottle!
this isn't overly complex, but it's a "frontier" whiskey...i would say, for the 1800s, it would be high end!
the water did open it up, slightly sweeten it...but nothing like Ridgemont Reserve with water...THAT's sweet. nearly the same proof, i believe.