After all this work, how does our young whiskey taste?
Dave P. has supplied some tasting notes.
Nose: Slightly floral, earthy, and grainy -- reminiscent of freshly distilled Tequila.
Taste: Surprisingly sweet, but not overly so. Initial taste is primarily front palate. As the taste develops, it moves to the sides of the tongue -- revealing the unaged grainy sourness. But again, not too sour. Finally, the corn and rye grain tastes develop.
Finish: Fairly long and dry with the grain being most evident.
Overall: The taste is not nearly as aggressive as expected, surprisingly mellow and sweet.
Steve B. adds: "I'll have another!"