Your notes on this one (as always) are on the mark. It is indeed candy-like with some cinnamon, lots of flowers, and tangerines (sweeter smelling than oranges).
I too, get a bit of muskiness (even in the nose) that is reminenscent of old dried out wood, and it is a contributor, not a detractor to the aromas. This whiskey provides an ever changing aromatic three ring circus...............watch for the spice and you miss the fruit, watch the fruit and you miss the flowers, but like the ferris wheel, each returns in its time.
The taste is softly sweet (I claim that rye itself offers a subtle sweetness, without any proof whatsoever other than my own experience), yet fairly thick. I suspect that the hot spices are subdued by the marriage of the 6 YO and the 16 YO, because there is some dryness in the finish to dampen the rye bite.
I paid $47 for my bottle and find it to be quite aromatic, interesting, flavorful, delicious, and excellent. I would heartily recommend it to any whiskey-lover!
Thanks for your perceptive comments, Gary. Had you not made them, I don't know that I would have purchased this bottle............I am glad I did.
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. - Dylan Thomas