Name: Work In Progress 5th Release Bourbon Wood
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: £34 (70cl)
Taste: Oily, fruity, citrus, smoky, spicy
Finish: Long, spicy
The first thing that hits me on the nose is the alcohol burn, this does fade as it aerates but is still evident. Next you are hit with the vanilla which also lessens in time, giving way to the lights fruits that work their way through. It has a lovely creamy character to the nose with just a hint of smoke peaking through as well.
The palate has a real oily mouth feel to it that is initially fruity with a citrus freshness cutting through the oil to the end. The smoke is still present and a real spiciness comes through that continues onto the long finish.
With water the nose mellows a little with regard to the burn and the palate becomes even creamier and spicy. When enough water is added to remove the burn from the nose the palate looses some of it appeal but is still present, it does not get completely lost as can happen with some.
This one definitely needs time to aerate, really improves after 10 minutes or so.