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Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old

(70cl, 45.2%)
Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old

Pappy Van Winkle 20 Details

(Old Rip Van Winkle)

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(16 Reviews)

Pappy Van Winkle 20 Bottling Note

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.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

Overall: Heaven!

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    User Reviews of the Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old

    Jack Daniels

    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 Daniels ~ American Whiskey

    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

    Brown spirit madness - Toronto Tim

    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

    Jack Daniels

    Sounds 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

    Jack Daniels is NOT a bourbon --->

    16th January 2014

    Jack Daniels

    What is the legal definition of bourbon: The Federal definition of "Bourbon" -- see -- 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."


    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

    Old Grandad

    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

    Jack Daniels

    51% or more corn... Jack Daniels is a bourbon

    28th November 2013

    Not worth the pricetag

    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

    mr t

    Jack Daniels is not a bourbon though .

    14th November 2013

    Our Great Burbon

    Jack Daniels Silver Select 100 proof or Jack Daniels Sinatra

    31st October 2013

    Fantastic bourbon, the best in my honest opinion.


    15th October 2013

    The Best Bourbon

    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


    name 1.

    16th September 2013

    Not worth the hype, but still very good

    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

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