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Overall rating
86.73/100
votes
18
Category
Bourbon
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
107 Proof
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
53.5 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
Standard Bottle, 107 proof
Barcode
089319123679
Added on
02 Dec 2013 3:30 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 898,12

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117 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Old Rip Van Winkle 10-year-old

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.73 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskeylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/van-winkle-vertical/

    2017

    N: Clean, varnished, corn grain nose. Not overly sweet, sweet>medicinal with toasted pancakes and rich clean sugars. Little-to-no spice [which is deliberate].
    T: Caramel, lots of maple syrup and a little acute bitter - again which Buffalo Trace candidly aim to subdue. It’s initially more peppery with only a little water before it settles down. Then it's like a dry honey with a delicious chew for the mouth to churn over. Despite the strength, it's so inviting.
    F: Delicious vanilla, cream soda, a little dried lime, dried raisins/prunes and light sour cream. Light sweet tannins at the death.
    C: Lovely, let's drink! It really is delicious, I could drink so much of this, if it weren't £500 a bottle [Feb '17]. The clarity of this 10yo is really something, without it ever coming close to being over-excitable nor over-active like so many young, modern, engineered [NAS] whiskey’s.

    Scores a B{+]

    2015

    N: This Pappy has a remarkable pink rosé colour to it. Strong and commanding phenols provide a potent nose, full of presence, rich in fruits and vanillas with bubblegum candy and,… is that cider? Fruit cake here also with a touch of sherry hiding within the dominant confines of bourbon casks. As this Pappy opens up theres defined fig and dried fruit bar, fig rolls, maple syrup, hazelnut Nutella, old canvas tents and a strong note of orange & dandelion marmalade. An hour later this bourbon is still as robust, still with that full fruity presence but now with more chocolate, toffee and some damp, earthy notes that lead to a turned~cream ‘live’ cheese cake. Theres such a silky honeyed varnish finish to this 10yo on the nose, its like the most balanced and polished grain imaginable. Its moments like these that could convert me to bourbons in a flash, much like Thomas H Handy did for Rye.
    T: Opens vivaciously and flourishes with a controlled intensity. The body is so potent yet its not so thick, but concentrated - and amazingly neither does it require water. It opens up and outwards quickly on arrival and the profile never wavers there-on-in. Adding water provides a sublime woody, candied, chocolate note. With water or neat, its important with such a quick unravelling to savour every sip, 10 seconds in the mouth then.
    F: Huge fruity vanillas are revealed with a waxy and woody presence and lots of chew. Its a short finish but those wonderful qualities linger a few minutes after. An hour later an earthy, creamy, mouldy vibe [from the nose] repeats itself here, its a curious note that i can’t quite put my finger on but its not an undesirable thing whatsoever.
    C: For me this Pappy is better than the 12yo - and why not! 10 years is plenty for a bourbon and many stella single malts for that matter. Theres a fairly short unravel and finish compared to say some George T Stagg’s or Thomas H Handy’s, but bourbons often do have a short burst and this one is bursting at the seams. Fantastic stuff.Scores an A-

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    auction June ’15 £140
    auction Nov  ’15 £265

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