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
Chris
 
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.
 
Sku
 
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). 
Fuji
 

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.

 
Tim
 

(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. 

 
Ries
 

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.

 

[B-/C+]

 

 
Andy
 

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)

 
Dan
 
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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