I recently aquired a bottle of the 15 year old PVW. To date, this was the oldest bourbon I had tried. I found it very enjoyable indeed.
Previously, Elijah Craig 12 Year Old was my favorite bourbon - and I still consider it to be my Go-To bourbon. So when I had an excuse to buy a new bottle of bourbon over the Holidays, I figured I'd be really pleased with the 18 Year old EC expression - I hoped it'd have the depth and complexity of EC12, with the benefits of the extra age as found in the PVW15.
How wrong I was. I can't find the proper words to describe the flavor - I keep coming back to 'resinous'. Woody in a bad way.
So - what went wrong? One possibility - is this perhaps a 'single barrel' issue? Does the melding of barrels provide a wider pallette of flavors that I'm just not used to?
It sure is pretty - the color is drop-dread gorgeous and it clings to a glass in the sexiest manner, but I just don't care for the taste. Maybe it'll grow on me?