The nose on this is much oakier than the older Pappys. It's pleasant but pretty much a one-noter. The palate starts with a rich vanilla then fades to a more oaky, just slightly bitter vanilla, like the crust on a creme brulee. It's got a nice chewy mouthfeel that trails off into an oaky/vanilla finish.
This is a very good, very bold bourbon, very much like the Weller line (which makes sense given that it is the same mashbill and distillery), but it lacks some of the sweetness and complexity of the old Stitzel-Weller Pappys. [Fall 2011 Release]