Pappy Van Winkle 15yr Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Pappy Van Winkle 15yr

  • Distiller:

    Buffalo Trace

  • Bottler:

    Buffalo Trace

  • ABV:


  • Age:

    15 Years

  • Price:
  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: SpiritSurveyor
  • Excerpt: I would absolutely get a bottle at retail cost, but mostly just to share with others who might not have had it before and get to share that experience of trying such a famed bottling.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Intense! This is the whiskey equivalent of a double IPA. Straight, it leaves the inside of my mouth feeling scoured. Water moved it in a totally distinct and strange direction that really worked for me.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: You won't see the face of angels, but you will get to drink a plenty good bourbon.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Bourbonr
  • Excerpt: What can I say, this is an amazing bourbon and the crazy prices people pay on the secondary market comes as no surprise.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: A nose of sun-dried cherries dipped in honey and a bowl of cinnamon-sprinkled cereal. The palate tastes of a melted Heath bar, vanilla saltwater taffy, and charred cinnamon. The finish shows charred wood, cinnamon sugar and wheat.
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  • Intro:

    This dram speaks for itself - the 15yr expression from the hype machine that is Pappy Van Winkle. Let's dive in.

  • 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 won't 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.

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  • By t8ke
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