Oooh. Maple nose, with caramel, toffee, apples, and honey. These continue in the palate, along with cherries, hints of pumpkin seeds, and a definite oak presence... yet it's not as oaky as I've found to be the case in some younger older bourbons (you know what I mean). This has none of the over-tannic mouthfeel one might expect. It is approaching dry, and I prefer a little more sweetness in my bourbons -- but many will love exactly what's here. The finish lasts forever, with a little spice creeping in. An elegant bourbon to enjoy under any circumstance that allows bourbon contemplation.
Love the nose on this old Bourbon, which is surprisingly vibrant for its age. There's vanilla, maple syrup and some fruit along with polished wood. Palate has some quick, sweet caramel followed by an acidic, citrus flavor, then a bit of wood which lingers on to the finish. Surprisingly little wood for its age. Water enhances the citrus notes both in palate and finish.
Heaven Hill did a remarkable job of presenting an old whiskey that had clearly been cared for so that it didn't develop any of the potential pitfalls of an elderly Bourbon. It's a strong Bourbon but not one that wowed me on flavor, particularly compared to the first edition Parker's Heritage.
This is a chewy resinous beast, lots of tobacco and orange tea extract on top of what seems to be a high rye content bourbon. Or maybe thats many years worth of oak spice registering as rye spice. Either way, its very enjoyable.