Extremely delicious and drinkable. My favorite of the Pappy line. Personally I've enjoyed the recent incarnations over the years about equally, whether with Stitzel-Weller or Buffalo Trace juice. B+/A-
Nose: Hot and a bit fumy for its abv, underneath the burn there's a lot going on, wood, fruit and caramel.
Palate: Wow! Full of flavor. Polished wood, fruit flavored hard candy, with the traditional Pappy/BT citrus coming on late palate and fading into the finish where it meets up with some more herbal notes. Still runs a bit hot, but water doesn't do it any favors, breaking it down into acidic and bitter flavors and giving it an oily mouthfeel.
It's not much for balance but it's very tasty and packs some good flavor if you can cut through the heat.
Red-golden amber color. The nose has tons of vanilla (which mellows out with some oxygen), sweet mature oak, and caramel aka S-W profile. On the palate I think this one gets really good with some air -- very tasty with a decent balance between oak and the candy flavors. The candy lingers. The finish is incredible, one of my favorites. I always can feel it all the way down my throat. 2009 release. [11/2/13]