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Van Winkle 23 Years Old Tasting notes and reviews

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Van Winkle 23 Years Old

Brand
Van Winkle
Expression
23 Years Old
Type
American Whiskey ~ Bourbon
Age
23 years old
Abv
47.80%
Produced at
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
Region
Kentucky
Website
www.oldripvanwinkle.com
Availability
USA plus selected European outlets.

Michael Jackson

Nose
Rich. Polished oak. A little underlying charred-oak character.
Palate
Raisins. Madeira cake. Vanilla.
Finish
Hard toffee. Drying into slight charcoal.
Comment
Even more age to handle, but it has wistful, nostalgic charm.

Jim Murray

Nose
A macho oaky, orangey nose hardly for the fainthearted. Honey and tannin combine effectively but over leathery and aged.
Palate
An enormous eruption of oak takes an uncompromising grip.
Finish
Bitter and dry though a thread of burnt honey comb and chocolate.
Comment
Actually a massive improvement on the legendary 20 Years Old.
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