This is the youngest of the Van Winkle releases every year from Buffalo Trace. At this point, it probably goes without saying how rare the whole line is (and how overhyped). This 1o year expression is bottled at 53.5% ABV.
Nose: Whole wheat toast with a bit of strawberry jam & honey on top. Black pepper with minimal oak
Palate: Toast note turns more into burnt toast with a bit of jalapeno jelly. Nice combo of sweet grain, spicy peppers and slightly bitter oak
Finish: Mostly oak but lasts forever. A bit of an acetone type note toward the very end.
Rating: 91/100 – I’m partial to wheated bourbons, so I enjoyed this one quite a bit. This is probably my 2nd/3rd favorite of the Van Winkle lineup behind the 15 and 20.
Value for the money: Pappy Van Winkle products are the most overpriced spirit in the whiskey world in my opinion (and many other peoples’ opinions). It retails for $50 if you can actually find one – which is an absolute steal for this good of a bourbon. However, secondary prices are $250-$300 which is ridiculous.