Just the right amount of sweetness, oak, and bourbony richness. Almost syrupy, though not syrupy-sweet. To borrow from The Duke, this has somewhat of a "purple" taste to it, though I have no idea if he'd agree. A very good buy, most stuff with this level of flavor costs a lot more.
On the nose I immediately pick up candied cherries and those candied pecans that street vendors sell. On the palate I get caramel, toffee, some nice woody notes and a bit of rye spice along with some caraway. It's a bit more alcoholic than I'd expect for the abv. The finish is slightly bitter.
I hadn't had this for years, and while I remember this one fondly, I was a bit disappointed. Overall, I'd say it's worth trying and a good deal for the price, but not as good as I remember and not even close to the 18 year old in terms of quality.