Nose is rich with lots of vanilla and spice. The high abv masks some of the flavor on the first few sips, but then a full wheaty profile emerges with more vanilla and ample sweetness. The finish, however becomes dry, woody, and a bit bitter and detracts from the overall experience. The are other wheated bourbons around this age and price range I'd go to first.
2013 VW Vertical Tasting: I am just so shocked at how bad this has gotten over the last few years, I don't have much else to put here. Some sugar and alcohol on the nose. Nothing exciting. When I first got into "high-end" whisk(e)y (bourbon especially), this was the first thing I truly loved. So, it really sucks to see this product dip in quality like this. C+/B- [1/26/14]