Pappy Van Winkle 23
Added on Wednesday, Dec 10, 2008 at 09:36 PM
  Bottler: Buffalo Trace
  Age: 23 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 47.80 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $250 Availability: Better Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Pretty standard bourbon nose, vanilla, oak.
P: Kinda tastes like aged Maker’s Mark (which is not a compliment), not at all as rich and deep as I would have hoped.   Very dry spice and super woody.  
F: Anise and too much wood.
Really disappointed in this one, I had high hopes.  Twenty three years in the barrel was too long for this one I'm afraid.
The nose on this is very Van Winkle with a bit of heat to it, slightly spicy almost as if it had rye, which it does not. The first taste you get is sweet, followed by a bit of heat. The overall taste is a bit flat. This isn't as well rounded or as complex as the 20 year old Pappy, though it has a few of the savory notes.  (This was the "C" series). 

The wood is prominent but theres also a big spice factor. But wait, there's fruits here with whiffs of toast"iness". You get a lot of the spices initially with herbal medicinal notes on the palate but there's a buttery vanilla sweetness that keeps it smooth. Finish is slightly minty and bitter.


I liked this better than the other guys.  While there was alot of wood, it wasn't offensive to me.  There wasn't alot going on but it was very drinkable.


(Bottle C8752) 


N: Strong presence of old wood, light aroma of dark fruits. Strong alcohol initially. Soft sweetness. Toffee and a hint of caramel. 


P: Initially dry mouthfeel, warming, strong wood, dark fruits, pleasing sweetness -- cotton candy and bubblegum, with a hint of vanilla. Evovling caramel and toffee that never become too huge. Wood stays bitter but does not overpower.


F: Vaguely bubblegummy and toffee sweetness; more wood. Balanced with some grain. Medium overall. 


Least interesting of the big-aged Pappys. 


n: mostly oak, vanilla bean, and brown sugar. Walnut and raisin baklava.


t: initial sweetness and then goes dry with a spicy kick halfway through. Finish is of butter, kettle corn and heavy on the wood. Falls flat and doesn't have the depth I would hope for from a 23 year old.





I've had this a few times ranging from bad to boring.  I never really know how to describe it, but I know how much I like it... C/C-


(Also I don't really like the Pappy series)

2013 VW Vertical Tasting: Initially so-so nose with a fair amount of oak. Vanilla in the background. The palatte is widly woody and dry. It sticks to the mouth and creates an unpleasant wood taste. I like this more than the 10year, but just barely. C+/B- [1/26/14] 
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