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Incredibly old for a bourbon, this bottling of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve was aged for 20 years and retains a beautiful sweetness, a perfect digestif bourbon.
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Nose: Stewed fruits on the nose, sweet spices, oiliness, white chocolate, walnut.
Palate: Rich, soft and sweet oak with custard. The mouthfeel is like silk, and Preston Van Winkle likens this to a classic Cognac, and we reckon he’s onto something. The maturity, smooth/oily feel of this on the tongue, coupled with musty fruitiness sum up what we love about a decent XO, this is sublime.
Finish: Good length, with hints of honeycomb, peppery spices and prune.
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The newer Pappy's are definitely not as good as the older 100% Stitzel bottlings. Any bottle that contains bourbon from after 1992 is a blend with the remaining stitzel stock and aged buffalo trace stock. While they tried to replicate the bourbon as best they could (prices would seem to suggest so at least), it will be a let down to anyone who is shelling out big bucks. That said, I continue to put my name on about 100 retailers lists every year in case they get some and willing to pay MSRP (which is about $120 for 20 y/o).
22nd December 2016
I had a bottle of this back in 2013, and I remember it being higher proof. Maybe I'm wrong, but it was more bombastic, and also a little less predictable. This year's is amazing, however, despite being less of a sophisticate than this year's. I miss the "model airplane glue" not in the old Schtizel juice. This year's release has notes of bees' wax, molasses, mint, caramel, and marshmallow nougat, but with less cinnamon than in the 15. I found it a bit weak in terms of the proof. It's too bad it wasn't up around 100 proof. It would have been so much better that way.
5th December 2016
Pappy = AverageGlenmorangie = BrilliantPeriod.
22nd May 2016
A sucker is born every minute!
28th February 2016
Got to try this for free. Lucky I did because I can't see what the hype is about. I preferred Knob Creek, Beam Small Batch & even Makers over this crap. Hell it's just a bourbon at a stupid price! Like buying a cubic zirconia at a diamonds price. Good on Winkle though, if you can find fools with too much money why not take advantage of their stupidity?
22nd February 2016
This, one of the most lauded bourbons I've ever come across (never found a place near me that serves the 23) with a price to match the renown, is as a whisky nothing particularly remarkable. It's not bad and definitely a step up from something basic like Buffalo Trace, but the hype it gets is sheer lunacy.
27th January 2016
10 star. Worlds best bourbon by a long shot
18th November 2015
Sorry, folks, Jack Daniels is not bourbon, it is a sour mash whiskey and only that, nothing more but, in and of itself..... great1
11th November 2014
Jack is 'Tennessee Whiskey' due to the Lincoln County Process - better known as mellowing, which filters out the impurities in the 'high wine' mix. it is this process... and this alone... that doesn't make it bourbon. It meets regulatory requirements for bourbon, however.... the difference is the down proofing between Kentucky Bourbon and Tennesee Whiskey.
25th October 2014
I only have 3 bottles, tried one - AMAZING ! The world has gone mad on Scotch and Bourbon. Prices up 10 x MSP ! ! Oaky but just like old cognac's "rancio" - it takes time to like it. Acquired taste I take. It grows on you like and old Speysider.
18th July 2014
http://www.jackdaniels.com/faqsSounds more like how they want to market themselves then whether they are or are not bourbon according to the definition.
28th January 2014
Jack Daniels is NOT a bourbon ---> http://www.jackdaniels.com/faqs
16th January 2014
What is the legal definition of bourbon: The Federal definition of "Bourbon" -- see http://www.ttb.gov/spirits/bam/chapte... -- is, word-for-word, as follows:"Whisky produced in the US at not exceeding 80% alcohol by volume (160 proof) from a fermented mash of not less than 51percent corn and stored at not less than 62.5% alcohol by volume (125 proof) in charred new oak containers."Period.It says nothing about the size of oak container. It says nothing about length of time the whisky must age. And it says nothing about the geographic location of the still, or bottling plant, OTHER THAN it must be within the United States.
2nd December 2013
Get some Old Crow, George Dickel, or Old Grandad and by the third drink it does not matter what that hell is in you glass anymore!
1st December 2013
51% or more corn... Jack Daniels is a bourbon
28th November 2013
I have two bottles of the 20. It's smooth and creamy, as you'd expect a good wheated to be, but seriously guys, not worth the inflated pricetag - save yourself £150 and get a bottle of Weller 12 instead, It's almost as good.
17th November 2013
Jack Daniels is not a bourbon though .
14th November 2013
Jack Daniels Silver Select 100 proof or Jack Daniels Sinatra
31st October 2013
15th October 2013
The best bourbon made! Why is it so difficult to purchase in the Uk? Could anyone recommend a Bourbon close enough to this?
26th September 2013
16th September 2013
I've had hundreds of bourbons (only worth noting as to explain I'm no bourbon-hater, nor new to the style), and this is definitely great. However, it is far more hype than anything. I was very underwhelmed. This day and age, with how saturated the market is with bourbons and craft American whiskey, there is absolutely no need to stress over getting a bottle of this, other than bragging rights. It's mostly psychological. I can think of at least a dozen bourbons that are less than half the price, easier to find, and taste better. Of course, taste is subjective.
20th June 2013
As a bourbon-sipper for many years, I have sought to find the penultimate after-dinner, sitting-on-the-porch-in-a-rocking-chair, listening-to-the-crickets bourbon, and I think this is it. This stuff is hard to find and the price is steep-- but worth it. Just strong enough to give a solid burn but not so rough as to overpower. Smokey and soft and thick, all in one. This is the one I break out for old friends and close family, and sometimes savor with a cigar. If I could put one bourbon on my shelf for once-a-month sipping, this would be it.
29th August 2011