Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey (700ml)
Produced in limited quantities at the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, home to one of the highest rated whiskeys in the world. In a blind taste test of whiskey labels from around the world, The Beverage Tasting Institute in Chicago gave the 20-year old Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve a 99 out of 100 rating... the highest mark ever awarded. This is a new expression of Pappy Van Winkle 20 year old as a wheated bourbon like its younger siblings rather than containing rye, as it did previously, making the whiskey softer, sweeter, mellower, and more rounded.
Tasting note: Amber mahogany. Rich, mature aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, leather, teaberry, coconut, and dark fruit-very complex indeed. Big, coating, soothing texture. Flavors are very mature, rounded and nicely balanced, with notes of molasses, dried fruit, cinnamon, and teaberry. It finishes long, with a very soothing demeanor....An exemplary example of the style. Rating: 92 - The Malt Advocate, 3rd Quarter 2001 Issue-Vol. 10#3
Other reviews... Nose: Deep, powerful and concentrated. This has moved into almost rancio territory: eucalypt/laurel, spice, burnt orange peel, apple, pear, biscuity wood. Palate: Soft and surprisingly delicate given the age. A charred note adds to the complexity. Gentle and elegant: cigar box, prune, molasses, soot. Finish: Long. In fact it’s very, very long and complex. Comment: A subtle sipper to be taken neat and definitely without ice! Rating: 90 - notes sourced from David Broom, www.whiskymag.com
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