Bamber if you like the 13 Y/O Family Reserve Rye... being that you are in the UK and you do know of a place that carries this...
you should jump on a bottle of 1985 unfiltered VW Rye.
If some of the info I was fed is correct - current VW 13 Rye (not sure if age was arrested) but what is bottled today (as the 13) was produced almost 20 years ago (at least 18 years past) and
it's said to be a marriage of two distillations (I'd assume the original + something supplemental).
There use to be a VW "Old Time Rye" (I think was the name) which was listed as 12 years old, but was actually the same whiskey as the original release of Family Reserve 13 (only the percentages were different and the Old Time had a little more water added to lower proof). From what I'm told, that 1985 unfiltered is bottled from that same original initial batch/bottling and is thought to be the best Rye Van Winkle ever made... this according to some dude named. . . Julian Van Winkle -