Punchier and brighter, but at the same time thinner and waterier than the VVOF's that were sold 20 years before it. This is a much peanuttier profile, narrow, and the finish is nothing in comparison. This basically is not the same bourbon as its forefathers. But it's still very tasty and altogether very drinkable, and I'd probably want to own a bottle. B/B+
Deep red amber (maybe ever so slightly less so than the 64/68 bottlings) color. For some reason the nose on this one was unappealing. I seemed to get more alcohol vapor than on any other release. I did though get some caramel, butterscotch and bitter oak. The palate isn't heavy and absorbing like the other 12 years; it is thin, straightforward and lacking in something that really draws me in. Still, not bad and would definitely drink again. [10/18/13]
This nose has the caramel, brown sugar and sweetness that I found in the VVOF's from the 1960's, though on a much less intense and satisfying level. Unfair comparison? Yes, but it was tasted in the same flight, so there! The aromas just didn't last long once you pulled away from the glass.
I found the palate very thin, and though I enjoyed the bits of butterscotch on the tongue, I was left wanting more. Maybe a bit unfair to taste it after the legends, but it truly puts it in perspective.
I would buy this if given the opportunity, but at nowhere near the current market prices. If you can FOAF it in a store, grab it all, but I won't buy it from you. That is, unless you PIF and give it to me for cost plus shipping. ;) B (84).
n: buttery caramel and popcorn ball. Lots of warm brown sugar. Really nice.
t: Peanuts, light cinnamon, and Cracker Jacks. Middle is butterscotch with a bit of a hot edge to the cinnamon (runs hot). Not a dense mouthfeel but the finish is great. Buttery wheat bread, oak, and a consistant richness. Mineral in end. [B/B-]