Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon

Old Rip Van Winkle (ORVW) is a 10 year bourbon from the Van Winkle collection. These wheated bourbons boast a uniquely soft profile with rich, sweet flavors. Unfortunately, the hype with anything Van Winkle related seems to grow year after year (exacerbated by a ridiculous secondary market value), making it very difficult to get your hands on. Buffalo Trace has recently started to combat this inflation by releasing press statements educating consumers on how to spot fake bottles floating around the secondary market, but for now, it's a storm we will all have to wait out.  

-10 years old
-107 proof
-Price: $55

Nose: Waves of vanilla and brown sugar sit at the top of the glass. Notes of roasted pecans, sweet spice, and oak follow.

Taste: Chewy with robust sweet wheat sitting on the tip of the tongue. Further sips reveal marshmellow, graham cracker, cherries, and tobacco.

Finish: Mellow with sweet wheat, cherries, tobacco, and a peppery spice. 

Conclusion: ORVW is simply delicious. A perfect combination of age and proof, it has everything I want from a wheated bourbon. If you can snag this for close to MSRP, consider yourself lucky! It's great bourbon, but in no way is it worth paying a price of $200+. 

My Rating: A (Great)


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