Heritage California Single Malt is clear, medium amber with a clean nose of medium intensity. There is vanilla on the nose, with hints of menthol , cedar, and wet oak. The palate is dry with pronounced intensity and there is a mouthfilling, building heat that starts with a brief apple sweetness and peaks in the mid palate followed by brioche, toasted bread, hints of pear esters, and more wet oak.
There was a hint of curried spice in the barrel that seems to have given way to impressions of cacao and tannic chocolate notes after vatting and bottling. The heat and ethanol is strong but well integrated. There really isn't a "traditional" American Single Malt yet, but this spirit is in keeping with US practices of distillation on grain and maturation in active (if not new) oak cooperage, both of which help this malt retain a lot of the characteristics of the bourbon produced alongside it.