Recently opened a bottle from bbl 886 and the tropical punchyness was instant and welcome. touch syrupy, little tannin. Perfect. Most of the fireworks is in the mouth which probably keeps this a very, very, good vs great bourbon. Totally agree with your discription of EWB, but, that's what I love about it. It's irreverent, it will sucker punch you in the nose, it's not just horrible GAAAK!! tasting whiskey disguised as good whiskey, it is good whiskey.
Taken the cure.