Whisky Advocate’s #1 whisky of the summer issueMay 24th, 2012
Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 year old, 53.5%, $75
Sometime recently, the source of this whiskey changed from the now defunct Stitzel-Weller distillery to Buffalo Trace. No matter. This whiskey is still the best of the Van Winkle line. It’s crisp, clean, vibrant, impeccably balanced, and nicely matured. Complex fruit (bramble, candied citrus), caramel, coconut custard, maple syrup, fresh spice (vanilla, warming cinnamon, nutmeg, a dusting of cocoa powder) on a bed of nougat. Outstanding! —John Hansell
Advanced Whisky Advocate magazine rating: 96
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