The nose is old dusty bourbon with some medicinal notes. The palate is initially sweet with candy notes, then savory in that distinctly Van Winkle way, fading to slightly medicinal note and a finish with a nice balance of wood and spice.
This is an understated, really wonderful bourbon with a good balance of sweet and spice. It's very well balanced; the initial sweetness, the spice and the touch of medicinal, savory notes, make it approachable and fun but also complex and interesting. It's a beautiful composition and is far better than any bottle of the 12 year old Lot B I've tasted. This one is legendary for a reason.