The nose is beautiful with plenty of spice and even some of those sandalwood notes that I've found on old Pennsylvania ryes, followed by some botanical/herbal notes. The palate takes all of those notes and combines them with some sweet, overripe fruit, but that sandalwood notes really dominates toward the end and into the finish.
This is more like an old Pennsylvania rye than any Kentucky rye I've had. It's totally unique and has a different character from the more recent bottlings Sazerac 18.
The nose is full of rye and brown sugar. On my tongue it is too bitter with citrus and some oak. A nice medium finish. At the minimum, very different than newer releases of the Sazerac 18 (as better described at Sku's blog posting on his 2000 tasting), but not for me. [4/14/13]