Van Winkle 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Special Reserve Lot 'B'
Stated Age
12 years old
White Oak Barrels
45.2 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottle code
Frankfort, KY
us United States
Added on
13 mar 2012 10:28 pm

Average value

€ 2888.95

14 × in wishlist

83 × member ratings

247 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Van Winkle 12-year-old

9 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.51 points.

  1. The_Osprey scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Van Winkle 12. Consumed Aug 2018 at Melody. Aroma is fudge, banoffee and apple, a little spirit and wood. Taste is smoother and more drinkable than the ORVW 10 by far - it's less alcoholic though so this makes sense. Lots of sweet buttery fudgey caramel with banoffee and booze. Decent. 3.2/77

  2. olegborgol scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    good bourbon 22-22-22-22

  3. EvilAFI scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It’s hard to fault, great balanced bourbon. Everything complimenting each other. Not overly complex, but very tasty. That being said it’s not worth secondary.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Balanced, oak, cherries, dark brown sugar, light caramel and vanilla, smidge of dusty corn
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oak bite quickly turns to light spice and then brown sugar and luxardo cherries. Slight herbaceous, dangerously drinkable
    • Finish
      91 91
      Warm, the light spices tingle along with the abv, again cherries in spades, light oak.

  4. nallacam scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Good bourbon if you ignore the price. Air improves significantly.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. mds51 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    If you were to get it in Europe at retail prices (below ~ 55USD) I would strike, but for the secondary prices (~ 400USD) it is not good enough.
    • Nose
      Slight adhesive note, orange peel, light oak character, subtle vanilla odor, dry hay, slightly nutty
    • Taste
      Sweet, syrupy, orange fudge, cream caramel candy (like Werther's, just not so sweet), prune, slightly bitter background (oak), nutmeg
    • Finish
      After the sweetness lingers for a long time in the mouth comes to the end still a subtle bitter note

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: Similar in character to the 10yo WB but more toasted with more nutty cask char notes and a little dustiness - oh, and it's so, so accessible. 
    T: Fabulous like the 10yo but the extra maturation really rounds this 12yo off. Less bitter notes than the 10yo, disguised by deeper syrup notes moving to treacle, but with a thin [and desirable] oiliness on the mouthfeel also. [So maturation does drive flavour after all!]
    F: Water adds a fresher, cooler edge [thanks Dawn], before a darker caramel cream finish with hazelnut kernels.
    C: Excellent. Those extra couple of years really pay off in depth and richness, and it really is a matter of two or three years - at the most. I find both the 10 and the 12yo equally excelling.

    Scores the same, B[+]

  7. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    one of the best bourbons I could taste.
    • Nose
      A bourbon finesse, close to some Armagnacs, with notes of bitter almond, wood glue, fig, grape, vanilla, spices, pot pourri, flowers
    • Taste
      especially the perfumed side stands out, the mouth is greasy, a little sweet
    • Finish
      long on the rotten pot and the violet

  8. MaltMartin scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A nice bourbon, but not a real stunner. There are better bourbons around for less money. Though the name 'Van Winkle' sounds magical.
    • Nose
      The nose starts with floral notes like walking in a greenhouse. Followed by barley sugar and oat biscuits. Fresh cedar wood. Also orange marmelade and a little cherry. Some soap later on. Not that complex as I expected.
    • Taste
      Now more on creamy buttery oak. Gingerbread and fudgy notes. Spices of cumin, hickory and clove. Vanilla and honey. Dark chocolate. Toasted almonds at the background.
    • Finish
      Medium long and dry. Tannins. Cinnamon. A little nutmeg. Pine at the end.

  9. Ahab scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    For me, a soft, velvety, downright elegant bourbon . By the gentle oak tones you realize that he has spent 12 years in the barrel, but the bitter tones are always only companions and never push themselves into the foreground. He never jumps in the face, but caresses one. Whoever has the opportunity should try it, as long as the prices for him do not reach beyond good and evil.
    • Nose
      a touch of glue, soft oak, oily, toffee, some vanilla, caramel, dried fruit, roasted cereal
    • Taste
      buttery-soft, yes downright velvety in the mouth, but you can still feel quite the 45.2%, cream caramel, prunes, very gentle transition from mild sweetness to bitter dryness
    • Finish
      medium-length finish, accompanied by light sweetness and gentle oak tones

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: Simple nose, grain like. Copydex glue, honey cake crusts, floral honeysuckle, vanillas, oat biscuits, some cream soda, fresh grain, sweet but restrained.
    T: Fruity [honey] wine arrival later joined by honeyed caramel. Chewy glue, rather textural and rubbery. Woody herbals arrival before the sweet caramels. A touch of grapefruit and wood spices, charming. Wonderful sweetness without being sickly sweet
    F: Spices around the roof of mouth displaying a near perfect abc strength. Molasses, dark caramel, rich woody sugars, balanced by lemon meringue with citrus rind. Wonderful late arrival of cream soda vanillas - five minutes later!
    C: Simple nose, unusual but yummy arrival and one of the longest reveals I've experienced. Doesn't need water. Very enjoyable simple drinker.
    Scores a B

    Thorough review here from WhiskeyBee


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