2011 Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Review

This is the 2011 Pappy Van Winkle 20 year – rumored to be the last 100% Stitzel Weller distilled PVW 20. It’s bottled at 45.2% ABV.

Nose: Huge wheat up front with birthday cake, blackberry jam, and a nice level of aged oak.

Palate: Very sweet on entry with oak swooping in right away to add some bitterness to the wheat/banana notes.

Finish: A big letdown – turns rather bitter and dry. Very short overall.

Rating: 91/100 – If the finish was a little better, this could be such a better expression, but still a tasty wheater.

Value for the money: These are $1000+ on secondary, and they are most definitely not worth that.

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