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Van Winkle 13 Years Old, Family Reserve Rye Tasting notes and reviews

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Van Winkle 13 Years Old, Family Reserve Rye

Brand
Van Winkle
Expression
13 Years Old, Family Reserve Rye
Type
American Whiskey ~ Rye
Age
13 years old
Abv
47.80%
Produced at
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
Region
Kentucky
Website
www.oldripvanwinkle.com
Availability
USA, and very limited UK

Michael Jackson

Nose
Distinctly rich. Mint toffee. Raisin toffee.
Palate
Viscous. So smooth as to be almost slippery, but with the flavours of fruitcake. Very sweet.
Finish
Warm. Relaxing. Lots of vanilla. Bourbon-like.
Comment
Showing its age. It seems to have lost a little liveliness but, if you were as rich as this, would you care?

Dave Broom

Nose
Intense, oily and full bodied. Initially sweet: roses, lavender, black cherry, orange, chocolate and toffee, then a blast of menthol that clears the sinuses.
Palate
Big and sweet. The rye grabs you mid-palate then the cooked fruit/cherry/treacle come back, before the sour rye gives a final bite. Lovely balance.
Finish
Soft, then cherry stone.
Comment
A typical but a wonderful drink to sip on its own. The more I drink it the more I love it.
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