Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 20.48.34Distillery: Old Rip Van Winkle
Age: 20 years old
ABV: 45.2%
Cask: Charred New American Oak
More Info: WhiskyBase

Ah, Pappy. You can’t talk about rare Bourbons without Old Rip Van Winkle’s Pappy coming up in the conversation. This stuff is legendary.

Produced by Sazerac at the Buffalo Trace distillery in very limited quantities, this whiskey is unusual in its use of wheat instead of rye in the mashbill (in addition to corn and malted barley).

Typically auction fodder, I was very surprised to see it for sale by the glass in one of my favourite Manchester bars. Given it’s as rare as hen’s teeth, I knew it’d be daft to pass it up.

Nose: Fragrant sandalwood, cola cubes, butterscotch, hay, rolling tobacco, cider apples, gumballs, milk chocolate and dairy ice cream.

Palate: Spicy, mouthcoating and rich. Cherry menthol, lime and grapefruit. Capsicum, black pepper, cinnamon and clove. Spices die down to reveal soft raspberry ripple ice cream and sweet tobacco.

Finish: Black pepper and oak. Long and creamy. Very smooth.

Very creamy, fruity, and oaky with tons of barrel spices. Easy sipping, elegant and complex. Just what I was hoping for – this is just so smooth, balanced, and utterly delicious. Try it if you get a chance, it’ll put a smile on your face.

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