- 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
- Added on
- 13 Mar 2012 10:28 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Van Winkle 12-year-old
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.57 points
- Good bourbon if you ignore the price. Air improves significantly.
- 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.
Slight adhesive note, orange peel, light oak character, subtle vanilla odor, dry hay, slightly nutty
Sweet, syrupy, orange fudge, cream caramel candy (like Werther's, just not so sweet), prune, slightly bitter background (oak), nutmeg
After the sweetness lingers for a long time in the mouth comes to the end still a subtle bitter note
- 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[+]
- one of the best bourbons I could taste.
A bourbon finesse, close to some Armagnacs, with notes of bitter almond, wood glue, fig, grape, vanilla, spices, pot pourri, flowers
especially the perfumed side stands out, the mouth is greasy, a little sweet
long on the rotten pot and the violet
- A nice bourbon, but not a real stunner. There are better bourbons around for less money. Though the name 'Van Winkle' sounds magical.
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.
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.
Medium long and dry. Tannins. Cinnamon. A little nutmeg. Pine at the end.
- 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.
a touch of glue, soft oak, oily, toffee, some vanilla, caramel, dried fruit, roasted cereal
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
medium-length finish, accompanied by light sweetness and gentle oak tones
- 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