Van Winkle “Lot B” 12yr Bourbon Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Van Winkle “Lot B” 12yr Bourbon

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  • Distiller:

    Buffalo Trace

  • Bottler:

    Buffalo Trace

  • ABV:

    45.2%

  • Age:

    12 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Aromas of cinnamon, baking spices, apples, and syrup. The palate shows pitted fruits, citrus rind, dried herbs, and maple candy. Quick/moderate finish with burnt sugars, egg custard, and vanilla beans. Almost a creme brûlée, but stops just short.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Years Lot B is a decent whiskey, a little light, but decent.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: 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.
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  • Intro:

    Lot B is known as a common nomenclature in the world of wine - but it's here in the world of whiskey now as well. Van Winkle Lot B is an age stated 12yr bourbon that comprises barrels that were good, but not quite great enough for the lauded Pappy van Winkle releases also released by Buffalo Trace.

  • 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 cant 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. Im going to give this a Rank 6 as a result.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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