Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Years Old Lot “B” Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
45.2% ABV/90.4 Proof
$50 to $60
Available in the U.S.
What the Distillery Says:
Van Winkle Special Reserve is the perfect combination of age and proof. This sweet, full bodied whiskey has been described by some as “nectar.” We agree! The 12 years of aging and medium proof of 45.2 ABV (90.4 proof) seem to be just right in creating a very pleasant drink of whiskey. This fine whiskey can compete with any excellent cognac as an after dinner drink. The overall impression is rich and deep.
What Richard Says:
Nose: Very rich with lots of honey and a distilled fruit spirit note similar to cognac.
Palate: Creamy with a lot of oak comes through first. It’s very soft yet big. It is an interesting contrast. I get a few of those cognac notes from the nose too. This could be cognac’s big burly Appalachian cousin.
Finish: Very dry with just a touch of lingering wood.
Comments: I really enjoy this bourbon. It’s one of my favorites of the Van Winkle line. That said, the oak and dryness may not appeal to everyone. I think it definitely stands out and personally it is a must try. However, I can’t put it as a must try to the masses.
Rating: Stands Out
What Matt Says:
Matt has not had a chance to try this whiskey yet.