Very good review, Mr. Gillman. At long last someone besides Barleycorn and I see merit in NM whiskey. If I understand correctly, this whiskey is purchased from various sources by the Kulsveens (sp.), so I wonder how much it varies in quality. Over the last few years I have had three bottles and I thought all quite good.........but like you have taken to reducing the proof to the 95 -100 area. I have found the KY XO to vary significantly in quality, the younger being the superior in my experience. The Rowan's Creek I have found to also be quite good.
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. - Dylan Thomas