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Simply stated, Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Fifteen year-old Bourbon is a dream bottle for every fan of American Spirits.
Some argue, but since the original distillery building on this site dates from 1775, most folks consider the Buffalo Trace Distillery to be the oldest continually operating distillery in the US. It sits on the banks of the Ohio River in Frankfort, Kentucky, on the same 150 acres — completing 245 years of continuous operation. It even used the "medicinal" loophole to operate during Prohibition. Now owned by Sazerac, its history includes a veritable Who’s-Who of historic Bourbon owners and Master Distillers who continue today to craft some of the finest and most popular Whiskey brands in America.
The line of Van Winkle Bourbons from the Buffalo Trace Distillery are legendary. Each release is over-subscribed. So much so that there is a thriving secondary market. And due to a higher level of evaporation, the 2020 release across the entire line will be a bit tighter than usual. But….
We have access to a few cases of Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old. If you are a Pappy fan, you know that the exact mash bill is a state secret. But it is a wheated dram that goes into the barrel soft (114 proof), has been aged in the "sweet spot" of the rickhouse for fifteen years, and is bottled at 53.5% ABV. This is a dream-bottle. First come, first served.
Julian "Pappy”" Van Winkle Sr. started his career at the age of eighteen as a wholesaler for W.L. Weller & Sones Distillery in 1893. Mergers, acquisitions, and Prohibition interrupted things here and there. But the name and reputation was revitalized by Pappy’s son, and now grandson — Julian Preston Van Winkle III.
*This bottle is a collector’s item; we will not be able to entertain any refunds or exchanges.
**Individual orders are limited to one item per person, as we wish to give everyone the opportunity to participate.
***Any kind of transit damage is insured and will be reimbursed.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is a delightful sniff of warm English toffee, allspice, apricot, and chipotle.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is downright decadent with a rich and thick mouth-feel basking the tongue with notes spice cake, more English toffee, stone fruits, and even a light hint of mint.
The finish is gloriously long and complex with a slow, meandering fade of toffee, spices, and heavy wood.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.