The aroma is of fresh cut straw, honey, apple, tobacco, caramel and corn husk. As the aroma fades, the last thing I smell is dark ripe cherry. The initial taste is very different from other bourbons I’ve had. There’s a rough, earthy quality to it, yet its still delicate with a bit of sweetness. The flavors are molasses, honey, ginger, pine, candied cherry, white pepper and fig. The finish is woody and peppery with the rough flavors following through to the end… molasses, pine sap and honey. It’s leathery and spicy, but nicely in balance. This really is unique compared to other bourbons and I’m really enjoying it. Further sipping reveals a bit of tart green apple and sweet tobacco. I wish that I had tried this one much sooner. Now, I’m looking forward to a taste of the 17 Year offering in the annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection.