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Bourbon Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year

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  1. Jordan

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    Many regard Pappy Van Winkle's 20 year bourbon as the pinnacle of bourbon, the best of the best. Originally produced by the (now defunct) Stitzel-Weller distillery, the bourbon is now distilled and bottled by the Sazerac Company at the Buffalo Trace Distillery.

    As its distinguishing characteristic, Van Winkle bourbons are "wheated", which substitutes the traditional rye as the flavor profile for wheat.

    Bottled By: Old Rip VanWinkle/Julian VanWinkle
    Location: Lawrenceburg, KY
    Age: 20 years
    Alcohol content: 90.4 proof
    Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
    Mashbill: Wheat based

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    Oh boy have I had this...

    I keep going back and forth between the 20yr and 15yr as to which one is my favorite. It seems to me that the 15 yr may have a more explosive flavor, but the 20 has the better finish. Vanilla, citrusy fruits, cherry, tobacco, spice... the flavors go on and on. One of the most complex things I have ever tried (not just bourbon, or alcohol for that matter).

    I ranked this as the number 1 bourbon on my article "The 5 Best Bourbons" at Cigar Dojo.
     
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    I've Had That!
    In fact I still have a bottle and a half. While I prefer the 15 year over the 20 year there is no doubt this is an incredible bourbon.
     
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    I'VE HAD THAT!!

    This is from the best Family of bourbons out there...by far...pricey but worth it. There are more flavors floating around in these bottles than one can imagine. Smooth as a baby's butt and tastier! I'd probably go with the 15 Yr given the choice though...
     
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    thats the big debate here at the house.... 15 or 20 which is better. I lean towards 15 year.
     
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    Well every batch is different, we'll see what 2013's batch holds in store...
     
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    Which, by the way should be soon!!!
     
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    Talked to my BevMo guy tonight...may have a hookup for Pappys and the Antique Collection this year...fingers crossed!!!
     
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    If there's more that can be purchased let me know.
     
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    Will do....
     
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    Second!
     
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    Never Had the 20yr. Was lucky enough to have a friend with an old bottle of 15yr and he let me sample it. WOW, very good stuff. Was then lucky enough to get a bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle 10 yr. So now I have a special occasion bourbon. Would love to sample the 20 and 23.......someday
     
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