Old RIP Van Winkle 10 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey: The 10-year aging period in 100% new oak imparts strong vanilla and toasted wood flavors to each sip. If you can get your hands on a bottle, be prepared for a buttery mouthfeel, balanced, rich flavors ranging from caramel to roasted nuts, and a long, spicy finish.
A sweet vanilla nose with caramel, pecan and oak wood. Smooth, mellow flavor consisting of robust wheat, cherries and oak. Features a long, smoky wheat finish with hints of fruit, spice and oak tannins.
Van Winkle Special Reserve is the perfect combination of age and proof. This sweet, full-bodied whiskey has been described by some as nectar. The 12 years of aging and medium proof seem to be just right in creating a very pleasant drink of whiskey. This fine bourbon can compete with any excellent cognac as an after-dinner drink. The overall impression is rich and deep.
As of May 2002, Buffalo Trace has produced the Van Winkle bourbons, using Pappy's exact recipe. This change allows Old Rip Van Winkle to maintain their strict quality standards while producing more barrels for future enjoyment.