Pappy Van Winkle 23 (2013) Review

This is the 23 year expression from the Pappy Van Winkle 2013 release which is bottled at 47.8% ABV.

Nose: Super sweet wheat and rich vanilla with old oak mixed with a bit of sawdust. Brown sugar and cinnamon round out a very sweet nose.

Palate: Very oak forward, rapidly turning bitter and slightly soapy. The wheat is still present, but the other sweeter notes get buried beneath the oak unfortunately.

Finish: Oak dials down just a bit but still dominant here. Subtle banana bread accompanies the oak lasting quite some time.

Rating: 85/100 – The nose is great as with most of the other PVW expressions, but this one is too overoaked once you get past that.

Value for the money: As anyone who is a bourbon fan knows, PVW is extremely hyped and priced through the roof on the secondary since these bottles are so rare/hard to acquire. The retail for these has been around $250-$300 the last few years, but on the secondary these have crept up to close to $2000 in the past year. As with any of the PVW on the secondary, it is simply not worth anything close to secondary values.

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