This is a Stitzel Weller distilled Old Rip Van Winkle from 1977. It was bottled at 45% ABV.
Nose: A very murky/musty wheater. A bit of pepper, but mostly earthy closed nose.
Palate: Subtle wheat and oak – very diluted overall. Sometimes these old bourbons are lacking for me – perhaps a bit of oxidation? A bit of vanilla and pepper towards the end.
Finish: Musty cardboard, vanilla, and oak.
Rating: 81/100 – I suspect this has been slightly oxidized – I wonder how much better it could be if it wasn’t?
Value for the money: No idea on the value of these as I don’t see them too often. I would guess around $1,000, but I wouldn’t pay more than $100 for this bottle.