Pappy Van Winkle's 15-year-old

Overall rating
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Family Reserve
Stated Age
15 years old
53.5 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
02 Apr 2014 8:24 pm by Reyan

Average value

€ 1376,20

9 × in wishlist

26 × member ratings

47 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Pappy Van Winkle's 15-year-old

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.83 points

  1. BSWproject27 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Rich spice, eggnog, maple syrup and butter.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Rum cake, holiday spiced rum punch, caramel and cinnamon spice.
    • Finish
      90 90
      A moderately long finish with some peppercorn spice. This is a very rich, complex whiskey superbly crafted. I feel fortunate to have tasted this whiskey many years ago when bottles were still sitting on liquor store shelves and the prices were not so blown out of proportion.

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This is for the 2017 version. A very, very nice wheated bourbon. No doubt about it. I tried this side-by-side-by side with the PVW 20 and PVW 23, all from 2017, and the 15 was the clear winner. Not sure if it's because it has the highest ABV and the better age out of the three Pappies (some say bourbons aged 8-13 years are the best), but the others were no match. No harshness at all, and very obviously wheated, but it does have a long, slow, finish that makes you say... ahhhh. Is it worth the $900 it commands in the open market? HELL NO NO NO!!!!! I will say this again and again -- the William Larue Weller year in year out is the better wheated bourbon from Buffalo Trace, not any of the Pappies. 91 points.

    PVW 15 (2017) - 91 points

    PVW 20 (2017) - 85 points

    PVW 23 (2017) - 90 points

    My scores for bourbons are probably higher than many single malt/scotch drinkers on whiskeybase because I tend to like bourbons almost as much as single malt/scotch. There is no way amongst the bourbon enthusiast in the US that the PVW 15 is averaging 85-86 points like it is on WB. Just my 2 cents. 

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


    As is customary for me at the show, i always hop across the pond to try the Buffalo Trace annual autumnal outturn. This year they are pouring the entire Pappy range, gratis! Incredible. It's like they wanted to get rid of it.

    This is actually last years [2016] release [blog].

    N: Complex vanilla.
    T: Less fungal than the 20yo, but still with plenty of mushroom-fustiness in it’s own right and with a herbal liqueur edge.
    F: Aniseed to beautifully dry vanilla. 
    C: Super bygone days bourbon.Scores a B[+]

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: More woody & nutty with suggestions of TTR and a dreamy [better than my childhood summer reminiscences], and chunky vanilla ice-cream slice in a wafer biscuit, - who needs Wall's? 
    T: Woody with more vibrant fruits therefore, more in keeping with some other Buffalo Trace brands [eg. G.T. Stagg]. Even at 53.5% there's no problem drinking this neat though it doesn't at all lack boldness.
    F: Incredibly elegant finish on wood, vanilla and fresh cinnamon - those three notes keep on swirling.
    C: 'Bold yet elegant' seems the consensus. There's more depth here than both the 10 and the 12yo so one more mark at least, maybe two, yep. [After all five Winkles, this stood up to all of them, equal with the 23yo.

    Scores an A-


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