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Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Years Old

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Years Old

Gold Medal 2016

Best American Bourbon 2015

Deep, powerful and concentrated. This has moved into almost rancio territory: eucalypt/laurel, spice, burnt orange peel, apple, pear, biscuity wood. Soft and surprisingly delicate given the age. A charred note adds to the complexity. Gentle and elegant: cigar box, prune, molasses, soot.

Long finish. In fact it’s very, very long and complex. A subtle sipper to be taken neat and definitely without ice!

Deep. Dried fruits like raisins, prunes.

‘Country store’ aromas. Slightly dusty. Rich, buttery. Maple syrup. Slightly burnt pancakes. Long and warming. Slightly drying and some char. Showing its age, but I like its big, earthy, old-fashioned American flavours.

Best Bourbon American Whiskey 2009