The nose has really nice caramel and toffee with a very light citrus note underneath. The palate has intense vanilla, caramel and candy flavors followed by a musty note, like old dusty boxes in the attic. It trails off with some citrus/creamsicle. It has a satisfyingly chewy mouthfeel and even a slight puckering contest. The finish is almost Cognac like in its sweetness. The whisky manages to be both sweet and rich at the same time.
This is a really great, very classic Stitzel-Weller. Grab it if you find it.
Noses of wood furniture, toffee, black tea and sweet grapes/raisins. It has some stuff that I don't normally get out of bourbon. There's tartness in the background that brings tangerines and kumquats to mind. On the palate there's a spice attack up front which changes into sweetness of dark fruity jams. It gets slightly bitter after the sweetness with lots of tobacco and black coffee grinds. The lingering finish is chewy. Lots of black licorice bitter sweetness.
There's definitely a lot going on here. I can't believe I passed on a bottle when I saw it on shelves. A/A-