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
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.
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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