Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Bourbon 750ml


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We had the immense pleasure of trying this Pappy Van Winkle whisky Live, really great stuff; Van Winkle 23 is a super bourbon of epic proportions. They release yearly batches of this, all of which sell out rather speedily, the batches are very small, consisting of a few casks’ worths each.

This very rare, limited edition bourbon takes generations of distilling know-how to produce. Only the most careful and expensive distilling method can be used to create a whiskey as special as this one. Each barrel ages for 23 years and is carefully selected from the heart of the warehouse. This whiskey should be enjoyed neat.

Early aromas of caramel and cream with soft notes of oak, nuts, and leather. Features a sweet taste composed of vanilla, maple, and honey joined by complimentary flavors of citrus and spice. Has a long-lasting oaky finish, along with many of the early flavors.

Based on the lines and raffles during release time, this appears to be the most sought after of the bunch. My theory is that it’s based on the age statement and cult of personality, not the quality of the juice. Mild oak and caramel on the nose are overpowered by an off sulfuric note as if someone slammed a fistful of old pennies in your mouth. The oak goes full-throttle on the palate along with faint notes of vanilla and dried black cherry. Oak-heavy on the long finish, it’s quite dry and full of dark berries. See also here for some now-funny thoughts from 2009, when this was bottled as an Old Rip Van Winkle release.


Dark fruit, espresso coffee, oak, and buttery toffee. Sublime stuff.


Rich and spicy. Oak underpinning nutty sweetness, honey, and star anise.


Spicy and sweet, long.

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Category Burbon
Varietal Bourbon
Region USA
Brand Pappy Van Winkle