Van Winkle

Family Reserve Rye, 13 Years Old

ABV 47.8%
REVIEWED Issue 21
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Specifications
Brand: Van Winkle
Expression: Family Reserve Rye, 13 Years Old
Type: USA Whisky / Rye
Age: 13 years old
ABV: 47.8%
Country/Region: USA / Kentucky
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Awards
Editor's Choice
Issue 21
Tasting notes
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Intense, oily and full bodied. Initially sweet: roses, lavender, black cherry, orange, chocolate and toffee, then a blast of menthol that clears the sinuses.
Palate: Big and sweet. The rye grabs you mid-palate then the cooked fruit/cherry/treacle come back, before the sour rye gives a final bite. Lovely balance.
Finish: Soft, then cherry stone.
Comment: A typical but a wonderful drink to sip on its own. The more I drink it the more I love it.
8.5
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Distinctly rich. Mint toffee. Raisin toffee.
Palate: Viscous. So smooth as to be almost slippery, but with the flavours of fruitcake. Very sweet.
Finish: Warm. Relaxing. Lots of vanilla. Bourbon-like.
Comment: Showing its age. It seems to have lost a little liveliness but, if you were as rich as this, would you care?
8.3
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