Pappy Van Winkle's 20-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Family Reserve
Stated Age
20 years old
New Charred Oak
45.2 % Vol.
750 ml
us United States
Added on
07 Mar 2012 8:50 pm

Average value

€ 2988.84

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

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.93 points

  1. 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.

  2. Gloin scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    His reputation is not undeserved. For me, the best bourbon I've ever had. Very aromatic, full of character, but still harmonious, intense. However, one must not be averse to a clear glue note. However, it is not worth the perverse secondary market price.

  3. 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

  4. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      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

  5. The_Osprey scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Year Old. Consumed August 2018. Aroma is oaky and musty, banana chips and some boozed-up banana cake, vanilla, permanent marker and plastic. A fair whack of permanent marker. Taste is rounded and spicy, booze and plastic, oak caramel toffee and slight banana. Very smooth at the ABV. Decent whiskey. 3.2/77

  6. EvilAFI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Well...it is a oak bomb, I personally like oaky bourbon so this was a treat. The mouthfeel was amazing, very coating, but the caramel, vanilla, cherry sweetness was hiding way way in the background as the age focused on the oak. Nice to try, but here younger is better.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Soft sweet oak, light baking spices, dark semi burnt caramel, toasted marshmellow
    • Taste
      89 89
      Buttery, very oily and mouth coating, big oak, baking spices, popcorn,
    • Finish
      90 90
      It holds its own at 45.2%, the oak and spices make the finish long, here I get the slightest red fruits, and caramel after the oak and spices subside, and tobacco leaf at the very end

  7. Lorion scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Class. Despite the typical bourbon character, which always ensures that the whiskey looks rather one-sided, I perceive a multi-layered whiskey here. And in addition, he is really delicious. 91 points.
    • Nose
      A bourbon nose. That is unmistakable. Intense vanilla and model glue. Clove and star anise concentrate, ethereal. Orange peel. The glue goes back a little, it gets sweeter. Caramel is added. Quince jam.
    • Taste
      Sweet-sweet and very full. Herbal, fresh and tingling. Then comes a huge load of pine needles with resin. And Toffee spreads in his mouth.
    • Finish
      Long, sweetish. At the same time old and dusty. An interesting tension.

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Moderator

    The little bitter notes on the nose seem a bit off but otherwise pretty OK and drinkable
    • Nose
      86 86
      Charred wood, charcoal, glue solvent, little herbal and bitter notes, whiffs of smoke, hints of honey
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily, liquorice - actually lots of liquorice, good swetness, little aritificial sweetener, charred wood, herbs, spices, cinnamon, vanilla
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm, not drying

  9. 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

  10. 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


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