Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot "B" 12 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) - 2007 bottling
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Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot "B" 12 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) - 2007 bottling

$3999. 00
$47988.00 Dozen
ABV: 45.2%

Note: Product has come from a private collection and as such has some scuffing/scratches/handling marks. Actual product pictured.

"For those who like their Bourbon hairy, bristling with spice, honey and big oak integration." - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible

Collectors may wish to note the laser code on this once-off from a private seller: J0100713:55. According to Whiskey ID the J = the bottling line, 010 = the 10th day of the year, 07 = the year bottled, 13:55 = the time bottled in military time, hence a determination regarding the provenance of this bottle can be made with some confidence. 45.2% Alc./Vol.

[2013 bottling tasted] I’ve always been a fan of Lot B. It’s sweet and fruity and easy to enjoy. It was the first Van Winkle bourbon I owned and I gladly shared it with whoever was interested in trying it. Of course I never had anyone refuse it, but more importantly, everyone that tried it, loved it. That’s a good way to sum up Lot B. It’s a crowd pleaser. It also has the most in common with Pappy 20 Year with its fruit-forward palate than any of the other Van Winkle bourbons. At the same time, it’s a bit simple and its proof is a bit light for its flavor profile. It’s often the most overlooked in the collection and part of that is probably due to its lackluster labeling. It deserves better. It’s a great bourbon with easy-to-enjoy flavors, but I just don’t know if it has enough of the “Pappy magic” to warrant the kind of price it commands on the secondary. If I’d never had it before, I’d gladly pay up, but after the hype fades, I’d think twice. -