Rowan’s is a deep, dark amber in the glass, and offers a strong spice on the nose, with a minty, herbal scent. I hate to say it, because it’s not meant derogatorily, but the nose calls to mind Listerine, between the herbal-mint and the tinge of alcohol.
On the palate, you’ll find a velvety bourbon which has the caramel sweetness you’d expect after 12 years in the barrel. There’s also a touch of pepper in there, and oak. The finish is long and starts sharp before mellowing and extending to a dry, spicy and woody finish with a bit of lemon which stays with you between sips. Add ice, and notice hints of molasses and chocolate on the palate with a quieter finish and less spice all around.