old rip van winkle 10 year review
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Bourbon (aka Pappy 10 Year)
Distillery: Buffalo Trace
Type & Region: Bourbon, Kentucky, USA
Alcohol: 53.5%Composition: Buffalo Trace wheated mash, speculated to be 70% corn, 16% wheat and 14% malted barley Aged: 10 years in virgin American white oak
Price: $70 MSRP, but good luck with that
From the Van Winkle website:
“This wonderful bourbon is bottled as close to barrel proof as possible. We add just a splash of our Kentucky limestone well-water when we empty the barrels for bottling. Thus, this whiskey is as smooth as any you will find.”
old rip van winkle 10 year overview
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Bourbon is the youngest wheated bourbon and the youngest whiskey in the entire Van Winkle Line. At 107 proof and likely using the same wheated mashbill as Weller everything, it’s not so far off to say that this is sort of like 10 year old Weller Antique 107, but picked from a different set of barrels given its smaller bottle count and Van Winkle name.
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old rip van winkle 10 year smell
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year greets me with a lot of dark, rich, and musty honey, ripe cherry, orange, charred vanilla, toasted oak, cinnamon, and clove with hints of grain. There’s a lot of fragrant ripe fruits and wood spices, but the spices and oak are not at all harsh or biting.
This may be a wheated bourbon thing, but Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year has a lot of wood spices, but it’s not overly roasted or burnt, as well as this light dry hay (wheatiness?) that I also find in Maker’s Mark Cask Strength.
old rip van winkle 10 year taste & aftertaste
I first taste a splash of honey, cherry, citrus, dried apple, and marshmallow followed by a lot of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, then roasted oak. There really is a lot of cherry, orange, and apple fruitiness as well as ample wood spices (probably from the wheat) that provide a lot of flavor but no bite or harshness.
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