Review #347 – Van Winkle “Lot B” 12yr Bourbon
Whiskey Network Review #347 | /r/Bourbon Review #192 – Van Winkle Lot B, 90.4pf | 45.2% ABV
Recently, a monster storm rolled in. I took off early from work in the afternoon to be home and enjoy the falling snow and decided it was the perfect afternoon to uncork some of the bigger guns I’ve been meaning to review. Snowed in, nowhere to have to go…it was the perfect recipe. Let’s dive in!
Snow Day Series: Dram 2 – Van Winkle Lot B
Distiller: Buffalo Trace
ABV: 90.4pf | 45.2% ABV
Source: /r/scotchswap sample
Nose: Sweet and floral and almost fruity. Reminds me very much of Eagle Rare 10 despite the differences. Sweet cream, honey. A bit of oak. Some mild banana almost a faint bubblegum note, mild passion fruit. Sweet, creamy, faint oak overall.
Taste: Medium thickness, sweet and mild with the most notable flavors being sweet cream, mild oak, and creamy fruitiness.
Finish: Medium with a faint wisp of heat. Sweet here also, and the fruitiness continues. Faint oak also.
Overall: This is a good bourbon but its eerily similar to Eagle Rare. I really like that profile, though, so I enjoyed the creaminess, fruitiness and the overall sweetness. I can’t say that it is phenomenal, or worth close to even half of its secondary value but I did enjoy it. To me, it was on par with a good ER10 store pick – quality wise. I’m going to give this a Rank 6 as a result.
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