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Pappy Van Winkle's 20-year-old

Overall rating
89.08/100
votes
108
Category
Bourbon
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Family Reserve
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
New Charred Oak
Strength
45.2 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Barcode
089319123747
Added on
07 Mar 2012 8:19 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 1879,16

31 × in wishlist

108 × member ratings

247 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Pappy Van Winkle's 20-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.08 points

  1. ahajduk scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    Date: 1/14/2018

    Sample: Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year

    Appearance (14/15): long legs, oily, honey gold, like the good honey from the farmer’s market

    Aroma (24/25): brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, oak, & raisins

    Taste (35/35): vanilla, caramel, buttered popcorn, char, oak, honey, & apple pie

    Finish (25/25): long finish, apple pie with a side of vanilla ice cream, & more buttered popcorn and caramel

    Notes: Wow! Just wow! I was less than impressed with this when I first opened the bottle. None of this butter & caramel was coming through, but now after airing for a few weeks... amazing!

    Score (/100): 98
    • Nose
      99 99
    • Taste
      100 100
    • Finish
      100 100

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Glue
      tart herb notes with a beautiful fruity sweetness as background
      the nose is round and complex
      a nice old sweet ..
    • Taste
      softly flattering,
      Glue in butter
      Toffee, herbs, lemon, soft vanilla flavors galore
      the parquet cleaner, that's again a waxy note
      In the mouth is still sweet sweet popcorn
      a waxy note on the palate
    • Finish
      very nice old fancy notes
      dusty old apple rings
      some dirt behind grandma's chest
      .. mushrooms
      bitter oak notes pretty crazy I like it
      yes so mold could be harmful to health
      > maybe like a piece of wood from such an ancient piece of furniture
      really strong
      or how a damp old log in the forest is full of mushrooms

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    I so want to like bourbon and have been trying for 2 years and when I nosed this I thought, wow that's really good and much better than the 23 year.

    The palate alas was like the 23 year and the usual tastes that I do not like, I have absolutely no idea why this brand sells for so much money, but bourbon is not suited to my palate, I genuinely wish it was.

    Great to have tried it, regardless of what I think of it.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      71 71
    • Finish
      70 70

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    The nose promised the world the palate gave me nothing unfortunately.
    • Nose
      As a non bourbon fan, that is a very good nose indeed.

      Its all on buttered corn on the cobb (lovely), buttered pop corn, warm pastries, fudge, rum & raisin ice cream, warm dough.

      My fingers are crossed here, please let the palate live up to the nose.
    • Taste
      shame, its that usual metallic, pecan pie taste  with off fruit but there are some nice notes in the mix but its a little thin on the palate for me.

      Then its all very perfumed,  and then a bitter attack
    • Finish
      bitter and cardboardy

  5. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskeylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/11/09/twe-show-2017-day-2-part-2/

    Highly likely to be new generation Buffalo Trace stock, so i was told.

    N: Stylistically the same mushroom-steeped fusty oak as i remember from before blog.
    T: Woody vanilla. Much lighter than last years batch. 
    F: Dreamy & dry vanilla wafer liqueurs.
    C: Beautifully simplistic. Appears to have lost body however.Scores a B

  6. Helgo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: We're deep into fungal oak territory now like super old cognac, alongside huge mineral notes, some loft insulation [a new one for me], and brandy fruits/cognac fruits.
    T: Same again, huge wood tannins, fungal dust, heavy dry dunnage [slightly moist], and heavy dried fruit tannins.
    F: Woody sweet dry vanilla ice-cream. This dense whiskey stains the palate meaning no less than a long finish, a dessert finish no less with more ‘crazy’ old yet vibrant fruits. The finish is quite something, one that requires much attention.
    C: Amazing age-old bourbon, though the wood is really dominant at first, way past balanced for me - much like that super fungal 1850's Cognac from Godet LINK.
    Initially scores B- but with that kind of finish it’s more of a B score. That 20yo is from 100% Buffalo Trace stock but the 23yo WB is [still] from Stitzel-Weller.

  8. fradin11 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. d1scostu scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. MaltMartin scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Legendary and probably a bit (hysterically) overhyped wheated whiskey. But it is very good indeed.
    • Nose
      Deep and concentrated bourbon nose. Lots of sawdust and oak shavings. Marzipan. Bananas and Coconuts. Cocoa powder. A bit caramel as well as well. mentol notes at the background.
    • Taste
      A dash of dried fruits. Cooked apples. Vanilla and honey. Toasted oak. Toffee. Gingerbread. Later on more on pine. It's all very chewy but also gentle en soft.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Dry. A little clove. Some tannin. Cinnamon. Good balance.

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