The elegance of youth obliterated by the oak.
Pappy Van Winkle
20 Years Old, Family Reserve
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Dry and mature, but slightly austere. Oak shavings, coffee bean, walnut whip, marzipan. Woody.
Palate: Complex spirit that's been clamped in an oaky grip. Tannic and gripping.
Finish: Dry, splintery. Hint of sweetness behind.
Comment: The elegance of youth obliterated by the oak.
Nose: Cocoa powder. Black chocolate. Parma violets.
Palate: Toasty. Slightly flat.
Finish: Creamy. Toffeeish. Very late spicy lift.
Comment: The family propensity to fall asleep seems to have struck in the bottle; given a chance to breathe and a drink of water, it comes back to life.
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