The nose is sweet and fruity with fresh cherries. The palate starts with a touch of sweetness. The middle palate is grainy with brown rice, and then the desert dry oak sets in which turns bitter. The bitter palate stays on for the finish, although it does have a nice sweet finish on the nose. This is fairly good stuff, though quite dry and oaky, and it needs a lot of air. Straight out of the bottle, it tasted pretty bad; it took some time to develop. While that's not unusual for older whiskeys, the difference here was more extreme. I would open it a day before you intend to drink it to give it some exposure to air.
Bourbon nose, with black cherry and heavy dose of Tahitian vanilla. Brown sugar cinnamon roll with blackberries. Full of ripe fruit and rounded out with buttery oak.
Quite nice; full flavour, cohesive, and balanced. Middle has toasted orange peel and the oak shows in a soft butter and vanilla profile with a bit of dry mineral. Finish is dark cocoa, grilled strawberry, and vanilla oak. This is a really nice bourbon with a light sweetness and bit of bitter wood overall. The slight talcy + bitter wood note is the only thing holding this from an A-.