A release from the brand backed by Metallica, this single barrel was chosen by Total Wine in Wisconsin and is released at an elevated proof compared to the standard shelf release.
Grainy at first - like a fresh baked corn bread muffin. Sweet buttery caramel, praline, honey, a touch of creme brulee. Not super brash, the brandy isn't wildly prominent on the nose.
Sweet on the palate. Light on the oak. Moderate mouthfeel. Proofed well, not too hot. Drinks well for the proof. Touch of fruit from the brandy, a lot of cornbread, caramel, fresh pecan pie and a bold spicy back palate - peppery and loaded with clove and a touch of hazelnut.
Medium finish. Sweet again, light on the fruits. Proofier here, the ethanol is a touch more notable, but not too hot. Spicy finish plays against the sweetness of the nose and first sip well.
Overall, exceeding expectations on this one. The metamorphosis between a sweet, soft nose and that bold, spice driven finish is enjoyable and stays interesting, while providing a quality sip. Well selected, Total Wine.