This is the 2013 release of Pappy Van Winkle 15 year which is bottled at 53.5% ABV.
Nose: Heavily buttered popcorn, caramel, toasted marshmallows, and golden raisins.
Palate: Very buttery pastry dough with milk chocolate. Oak is present, but well balanced with french vanilla.
Finish: Dries out a bit with figs and buttery biscuits.
Rating: 95/100 – There’s a reason pappy is hyped – this is one of my favorite bourbons as a guy who prefers wheated/sweeter bourbons.
Value for the money: Pappy has single-handedly driven the bourbon price madness in the last few years sadly. This is going for $700+ on the secondary which is insane. At retail of $89-$99 or so, it’s probably the best buy in bourbon if you can find one which is the real challenge.