Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 15 YO

Pappy Van Winkle

's Family Reserve 15 YO

(0.7l, 53.50%)

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They say some fans may have been waiting for years to get their taste buds on some Pappy’s. And you? Do you feel bad? 
Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve is the flagship brand of Bourbon whiskey owned by the “Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery” company (which does not actually own or operate a distillery), and is now distilled and bottled by the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. Huh! 
The “Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery” has a four generation history that started in the late 1800s with Julian P. "Pappy" Van Winkle. The Van Winkle Bourbons are created using Pappy's traditional recipe of corn, wheat and barley, rather than the more typical corn, rye and barley. This "wheated" recipe gives the bourbon a much softer, smoother taste and allows the whiskey to age more gracefully.
Pappy Van Winkle tends to do releases by allotment once a year, generally in the Fall. Stores that have placed orders get an unpredictable number of bottles – or none at all. 

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  • Style
    Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
    Old Rip Van Winkle
  • Bottler
    Old Rip Van Winkle
  • Age
    15 Year Old

Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

bitter chocolate
oak tannins
What does Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 15 YO taste like?

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Bourbon must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Rich copper / amber color. 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Grilled sweet corn dripping with butter, wheat and rye crackers, toffee,  vanilla, dark wood, cedar, leather,  with soft notes of exotic fruit and spice.
Flavour / Taste / Palate
Nutty and dark, with a little cherrywood. Bitter chocolate, raisin, dry cigars, hickory smoke, blackened corn and spice.
Ash-like, chewy and oily, the cherrywood notes and oak tannins stick around. Vanilla, toffee, orange liqueur, chocolate and spice.
F. Paul Pacult: “A whiskey connoisseur’s bonanza.”
Ratings & Reviews
Amazing amount of flavor and rich Carmel on the back end
The flavors balanced in a uncharacteristic way, yet its unique and really pull everything together perfectly
Overhyped but still a solid offering
It's a once in a lifetime thing and should be consumed.
I have the very great privilege to live just a short trip from most of Kentucky's finest bourbon distillers. So I have sampled every bourbon I have ever had the pleasure to come across. This one however is topped only by the subsequent pappy labels the 20 year and the 23 year.
Personally the 15 year bottle is very good. If your into a rich oak taste and a slight burn sensation. Non the least its very smooth but strong in flavor. I've had all three in selection. Personally my favorite is the 12 year. It's my favorite of the three. The 12, 15, and 21.
I don't like bourbon, too sweet for me usually, but this expression is as close to scotch as it gets. Really nice stuff. Better than the 23 YO.
It's a good bourbon but it's not one that I would spend tons of money. No bourbon is worth that IMO however this is a solid beverage. Very smooth with elements of wood and heat.
Amazing! I'd give up scotch if all I had was Pappy.
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