Pappy Van Winkle's 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Family Reserve
Stated Age
15 years old
Deep-Charred Heavy Oak Barrels
53.5 % Vol.
750 ml
us United States
Added on
27 jun 2011 9:49 pm

Average value

€ 3958.27

43 × in wishlist

122 × member ratings

290 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Pappy Van Winkle's 15-year-old

11 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.78 points.

  1. DrunkDude scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    scbp-4840, the aroma is really good, but if you want people to drink a few more sips, it really depends on the comfort of the taste, but according to the price of this wine, it is estimated that few people can drink it.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Milk but with fruit acid, rosemary, slightly Hainan chicken fragrance and not irritating. Dill, pancake cream, butter, almond, green curry, fennel, grilled meat, blackberry, weak stimulation, full flavor. 94
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oil, butter kneaded full of lignin, sour plum, sugarcane juice, ginger slices, followed by heavy black pepper, heavy spicy, medium alcohol, weak oily, weak stimulation, heavy astringency, not bitter. p87b87
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very strong tannins, slightly metallic, black grape skins. 87

  2. Petitcham scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The bright and soft taste of wheat bourbon, no unpleasant taste, no alcohol, and a rare character like fruity

  3. The_Osprey scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Year Old. Aug 2018 - Of course I sought this out based on the Pappy hype, but tried to stay objective in my rating. Aroma is booze and banana fudge, airy and spiritous, apple and a little highlighter pen. Later on (after eating the chocolate truffles that were served with this which I, of course, left until my dram was nearly finished) it smooths out into golden syrup and nice musty syrupy notes. Taste is fudge and banana, booze, really long finish with breathy booze and mixed fruit esters. Plastic and oak. Interesting. Doesn't taste anywhere near the ABV. Adding a drop of water actually fired it up more. Interesting stuff, but to say that the experience doesn't match the price is a big understatement. (3.2/77)

  4. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

  5. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    bourbon, yes, but subtle and with very bluffing returns, far from the cliché!
    • Nose
      caramel, spices strong enough, peppery, vanilla, dry but pronounced wood.
      back grassy, ​​menthol, sherry that arrives with caramelized fruit, and mildew, then crème brûlée!
    • Taste
      toasted wood, heat of alcohol, spices softer present, more discreet fruits (baked apples!)
      it sends heavy!

  6. The Lift did not rate this whisky Member Senior


    Pappy Van Winkle 15 yo 'Family Reserve' (53.5%, OB, bourbon, +/-2013) As you probably know, this very wheated baby from Buffalo Trace has got a huge reputation, many say this is the best Papy. Colour: amber. Nose: what’s striking first is a bunch of lit cigars and cigarettes, so a lot of tobacco with whiffs of smoke (well done). I also find a lot of warm hay, before more sweet things do emerge, around burnt vanilla cake and an armful of dandelions. Also quite some earth, I find this much less sweetish than expected. With water: the earth stands out. Notes of clay and chalk, also some cardboard. Mouth (neat): very heavy this time, rather mannish and monolithic, with grass and bubblegum and a rather gritty oak. It’s also very extractive, with some bitter pinesap and some eucalyptus. Sweeter notes in the background, around pineapple drops. With water: all estery flavours come out. Grenadine, pears, gooseberries, jellybeans… It’s another whiskey! Finish: long, rather thick, with eucalyptus in the front and touches of olives. Could have been Jamaican rum at some point. Comments: I think it needs time and concentration, or you may miss a large part of its undeniable charms. Now, it’s not quite my style, and I think global quality is similar to that of the Stanahan. Yup! SGP:551 - 86 points.

    Good, let’s have a last ‘monster’…

  7. numen scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    sample from a friend (S-W distillate)
    • Nose
      Light and elegant. It suggests its age with a hint of varnish, and then
      quickly yields to richer elements. Honey, caramel, gentle spice, and
      soft cinnamon. The crust of creme brulee. Buttery rich vanilla (and
      salted butter). Residue of anise or menthol. What strikes me here is the
      balance of the aromas, and even more that they're all high quality
    • Taste
      Toffee mixed with syrup. Some varnish follows for the oak. Buttery
      butterscotch with a few grains of sea salt. Sweet maple. Salted caramel.
      Almost a puff of smoke. The same vanilla quality in milky-buttery
      goodness. Not the widest profile; it just hits these points very well.
      With more time, some of the deeper and richer notes fade and the varnish
      becomes more prominent.
    • Finish
      More on the salted caramel, maple, light spice, butter, and oak/varnish
      in varying levels of emphasis as it continues to evolve. Sometimes it's
      easy to get caught up in the hullaballoo about Pappy, but then, at other
      times, you get an older pour like this and you can see why it was such a
      fan favorite, current craze aside. I love salted caramel/toffee, though
      I'm never quite as keen these varnishy notes. Thankfully, even when
      it's present, it's not dominant. In all, an excellent dram. I did like
      it with a bit less air (and varnish), yet taking it all into account, A-

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The palate and finish are easily as interesting as
    those on the bottling from two years before, but on the nose it surpasses that
    one easily. Grand bourbon!
    • Nose
      The nose is predictably similar to the one from 2010
      but different enough to stand out. Quite some oak and spices, but in this case
      something dusty as well, as if he is a lot older. Stewed rhubarb and grilled
      pineapple precede dades and toffee. Hints of coffee as well. Leather, as if
      from old books.
    • Taste
      Oily (not quite creamy) with loads of liquorice and
      oak. Dark chocolate with raisins. Hints of chervil and even a touch of chilli
      peppers. Then the cherries and the vanilla (custard) join the fray. Orange
      liqueur. Slowly but surely becomes a bit hot.
    • Finish
      The finish is very long, spicy with a slight bitter
      touch at the very last moment.

  9. Master Quill did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Is 2011 only BT, or is it still a blend of Stizel Weller and BT ?

    Because after the SW only, they started to bled SW with BT for this 15.

  10. MaltMuggle77 scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    My rating is for the Fall 2011 allocation. Check your bottle codes everyone! If it has an `11 in it, it`s Buffalo Trace juice, NOT S/W, as confirmed this fall by Preston Van Winkle himself.

    Very disappointing, very dry, lacking sweetness and depth. Go for the 20 year old.

  11. mmaclean scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Well the new batch is finally here in the states. I was fortunate to find 3 more bottles to add to the stock pile. Beverages and More were able to get allot this year and at a killer price. 63.99$ a bottle, that`s incredible. It makes up for the times of paying double and triple the price when they were hard to get. This time I will hang on to them for awhile to perhaps sell or just store for the winter.

  12. mmaclean scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The nose is spectacular and taste just the same, body is balanced and true to the name it represents. The finish is amazing, long and strong as I like to call it! The price is fitting for this kind of quality and allocation, presentation is just a bottle you would miss on the shelf, if you do not already know the difficulty in trying to obtain one. If see it don`t buy that way, I may have a chance to snag it again. Enjoy it while you can, because once it`s gone, that`s it!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  13. mmaclean scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    One of the hardest to find, because stores have to purchase so much of other products to sell before there given even one bottle of Pappies, get it while you can.
    • Nose
      powerful and full of cherries and oak, some smoke and char
    • Taste
      so nice, more cherries and smoke. some spice like nutmeg and subtle hints of bittersweet chocolate.
    • Finish
      long and strong, more smoke, some oak and tasty

  14. mmaclean scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I love this 15 yr, one of the best out there. I have been looking for this for so long and came across it in a old liquor store. The only place I came across it again, I ended up paying double the price, because this owner said it is so rare to get. If you find it for under 200 us either get it or give me a message and I will be happy to have it shipped.


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