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Sweet woody vanilla, cola notes and some root beer as well. Its sweet and woody but very well balanced. Minor molasses in the background but very cola forward.
Medium but richer than the modern bottling. More molasses and cola with some lingering clove, vanilla and a hint of root beer float. Weird, I know. Theres some heat - this definitely isnt a top shelf bourbon given its age but its good and the heat isnt excessive for the proof.
Medium and a bit hotter but still thick in the maple / cola / molasses / vanilla camp. No spice and very sweet forward but its a bit different than other typical bourbon profiles thats a bit hard to explain.
Overall, Im pretty happy with this bottle. Its good quality for the price, especially given that it is a liter bottling. I like how unique the flavor profile is being very cola forward and sweet with only mild oakiness that lends itself more to sweet than bitter. Its always fun to take a sip of history. Im rating this dram a 6 - its great for the price and uniqueness but lets not fool ourselves into thinking that this is the worlds best bottle - despite what the secondary may say. This is certainly well above the modern day bottling though and I enjoyed it very much!