Review #1411 – Pappy Van Winkle 15yr

The Schtick: This dram speaks for itself – the 15yr expression from the hype machine that is Pappy Van Winkle. Let’s dive in.

Review #1411 | Bourbon Review #618

Distiller: Buffalo Trace

Bottler: Buffalo Trace

Brand: Van Winkle

Selection: N/A

ABV: 53.5% ABV

Age: 15 Years

Nose: Sweet cherry, honey, toffee, nice oak structure. Tiramisu, no heat.

Taste: Medium mouth feel. Some heat, but not too bad. Honey, toffee, bit of oak structure. Cherry, vanilla bean, fruity and sweet. Mildly tannic.

Finish: Long, sweet, rich. Toffee, caramel, strawberry and cherry.

Overall: This is pretty nice. It’s certainly better than the majority of the Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare single barrels I’ve had, so I feel like this has performed pretty strongly. You wont’ see the face of angels, but you will get to drink a plenty good bourbon. Historically, the 15yr has been my favorite of the Van Winkles (save for the rye) so I’m glad to see this stand up.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7

10 Most Recent Buffalo Trace Expressions I Have Reviewed:



1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect

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