This tasting was truly a local for me. Burlock and Barrel is right here in Jacksonville. My wife and I stopped by one afternoon and tasted some whiskey.
*Reserve 45% ABV (corn, malted barley and rye aged in 15 gal American oak casks)
-smelled corn vanilla/oak
-tasted rye! and corn
-trailed oak with pepper
-w/water smelled rye
-trailed rye w/slight sweet
Water pulled out the rye flavor. This is their core expression, an American Whiskey. The corn seems to counter the spiciness of the oak and rye well.
-tasted peppery honey with corn
The peppery undertone is probably from the oak. The honey and corn do a great job in smoothing out that bitterness. This is really a mixed drink in a bottle which is not my thing. Tasty though!
-tasted tinge of jalapeno w/honey masking
-trailed pepper/jalapeno quickly
I like to taste the flavor of the pepper in spicy foods, not just feel the heat. This is a case of tasting the flavor of jalapeno with minimal burn. Also a tasty, premixed drink. It reminds me of an Umatilla Smash, a mixed drink I had at one of our meetings in 2012. It had a certain Florida whiskey in it and jalapeno as well.