Review #38 – Old Rip Van Winkle 10yr (2015)

Review #38 | /r/Bourbon Review #20 – Old Rip Van Winkle (2015)

The Schtick: This is a very hyped release from Buffalo Trace under the Van Winkle name. Released in limited quantities every fall, people spend their free fall weekend clamoring for a bottle, and often even just a taste.


Distiller: Buffalo Trace

Bottler: Buffalo Trace

ABV: 53.5% ABV

Age: 10 Years

Source: Sample


Review #38 – Old Rip Van Winkle 10yr (2015)

Nose: It’s hot, it’s rough and it’s full of vanilla. There’s also some pepper, subdued corn and some caramel.

Taste: The mouthfeel is a bit thin for the proof but it’s pleasant and there’s a good deal of that nice peppery spice, followed by some vanilla sweetness and a little brown sugar.

Finish: Medium but hot. You can tell this breaks the 100pf divide and it makes its proof known all the way down. Not bad, but present. There’s some more pepper and a little spice but it blends well with some last fading vanilla notes.

Overall: This isn’t a bad bottle but it’s certainly not phenomenal.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


Decoded:

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 | Insurpassable | No better exists


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