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Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old

(75cl, 45.2%)

Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old

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

Excellent but not worth the secondary market price.

I am only 22, but I have tried a lot of different whiskeys over the past year. I am primarily into scotch, but I saw the 15 year at a bar a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Today, I was lucky enough to find the 20 year stocked at a local restaurant, and it is probably my favorite whiskey that I have had up to this point. In spite of being in love with this stuff, I believe that the price point on the secondary market is far too high.

16th December 2019

I'll let you know when I open it!

$2000 red bourbon bag wrapped around a $100 bottle of bourbon! Wake up folks!

5th June 2019

Glenmorangie and Knob Creek DO NOT equal this goodness

This was quite the stuff. Amazing. The guy below who said he thought Knob creek was better had immature pallet and the guy who said Glenmorangie over this needs his nationalistic head examined. I agree the price is too much and I personally found the 15 better but it was still an amazing dram.

Glenmorangie= better than this? No way. Sounds like some stupid Scot or Brit just wanted to shit on something he was ashamed he couldn't understand. Compare this to a Royal Salute 36 or Ledaig 42.

If you have money to If not...Invest in the 15 or a bottle of Kentucky Owl.

9th February 2019

The bottle and bag it is in is beautiful

My wife or I drink but have a bottle of the 20 year and I am shocked at some of the prices I see out there for it. Must be awesome stuff.

15th September 2017

Oh well...

It's amazing... I just wish the hipsters hadn't spilled the beans to the wealthy and driven the price up more than ten fold! I used to regularly buy this when it was 80-100 per bottle. I've seen it as high as nearly 3k... for the same stuff!! Oh well... supply and demand.

1st August 2017

20 years well spent.

I am 53 years old and had the pleasure of trying Pappy Van Winkle for the first time.(and likely the last) Few things I have put in my mouth, that has moved me to talk about it, this __ is the first time I felt the need to write.

29th March 2017

Find Pappy 20 bottled in 2012 or earlier.....

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

Not as good as the 2013

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

Scottish Whisky STILL superior

Pappy = Average
Glenmorangie = Brilliant


22nd May 2016

Haha!...Pffft, best bourbon my ass!

A sucker is born every minute!

28th February 2016

Pffft, best bourbon my ass!

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

An immense letdown

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

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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