This is the 2009 release of the Pappy Van Winkle 15 year bourbon – rumored to be the last year of 100% Stitzel Weller distillate before switching to Buffalo Trace. It’s bottled at 53.5% ABV.
Nose: Maybe the perfect bourbon nose for me. Sweet, rich, lofty – just goes on and on with big wheat, glazed donuts, gingerbread cookies, buttery creamed corn, and perfectly balanced oak.
Palate: Superb – gingerbread, uber sweet wheat, oak, green apples.
Finish: Spicier than the palate but still full of wheat/oak with sugary plums.
Rating: 97/100 – One the best bourbons I’ve ever had – I got to revisit it again recently and dialed back some points as it wasn’t quite as magical, but still one of the best out there.
Value for the money: These go for around $900 or so currently. If you’re deadset on buying a pappy or a unicorn bourbon, I’d gladly recommend it.