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Old Rip Van Winkle

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  • Distiller:

    Buffalo Trace

  • Bottler:

    Buffalo Trace

  • ABV:

    53.5%

  • Age:

    10 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: I didn’t expect this whiskey to be as fun as it was – fruity, sweet, full of life. It’s not the most complex bourbon I’ve ever tasted, but it is undoubtedly an enjoyable one (and, I imagine, is the world’s best accompaniment to peach cobbler on a warm summer evening).
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: You’ll likely pay several times that price for a bottle…and it’s not even a Pappy Van Winkle expression!
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: A Medium finish that starts out with bourbon spice and fades to oak and caramel.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whisky Monster
  • Excerpt: Smooth, high quality, rich enough. If found at normal rates, you shouldn’t miss it.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The nose on this one is classic: butterscotch and oak. It intensifies as it opens up with richer caramel and spice notes, but still remains rather straightforward.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The nose has Madagascar vanilla, vine-ripened fruits, honey, and wheat. On the palate, you'll find maple sugar, butterscotch, nutmeg, and Red Hots. Dried fruits and sweet caramel continue through the decently long finish.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: There's some more pepper and a little spice but it blends well with some last fading vanilla notes.
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  • Raided Score: 95
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: An excellent old wheated bourbon. Soothing oily texture, with notes of toffee, old rum, nougat, vanilla bean, candied fruit, black raspberry, corn bread, hints of Earl Grey tea, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with a smooth, polished oak finish.
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  • Intro:

    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.

  • Nose:

    Its hot, its rough and its full of vanilla. Theres also some pepper, subdued corn and some caramel.

  • Taste:

    The mouthfeel is a bit thin for the proof but its pleasant and theres 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. Theres some more pepper and a little spice but it blends well with some last fading vanilla notes.

  • Overall:

    This isnt a bad bottle but its certainly not phenomenal.

  • Score:

    6

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