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Fruity, malty and sweet. Dash of faint fudge, confectioners sugar and thick vanilla and icing.
Syrupy sweet and a good mouth feel. Not hot for the proof. Vanilla, dusty leather, fruity malty doughy sweet. Clove and cinnamon. Yum.
Medium finish - sweet and fruity with no heat to speak of. Well rounded overall and enjoyably complex.
VOB really doesn't get broadcasted too much as a legendary dram but both of the BIBs from them I've had (this one and the new one) are really something to talk about. It's delicious, aged at least 4 years, good proof and an insane value. I'm not sure which one I favor more in the old vs new debate (I wish I had a way to SBS them) but the new doesn't seem to have dipped in quality and they're both delicious. For this, I'm rating the dusty Very Old Barton Bottled in Bond a 6 - placing it among other "step above" drams like modern VOB BiB, Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond 6yr, Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch and Smooth Ambler Old Scout 10yr Bourbon. Impressive.