Old Rip Van Winkle 23
Added on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 10:54 PM
  Bottler: Van Winkle/Buffalo Trace
  Age: 23 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 57.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
A 23 year old Bourbon from the closed Stitzel-Weller Distillery. Original retail $350.
Member Ratings and Notes
The nose on this is beautiful. It's sweet, it's caramel with bits of oak, like walking in an enchanted candy forest. The aroma is lush and complex. Flavor - they nailed this one.  Sweet yields to savory with that chewy, aged Zinfandel mouthfeel. Waves of flavor wash over you, gone before you can name them. Trying to pin it all down I get big wood, wine and some citrus; at the end of the palate you get the sweet corn. Water brings out sweeter notes, but as with most whiskeys, I prefer Old Rip neat.  A/A- 

Oh my God, this nose is beautiful. Awesome. Bourbon-candy heaven. Probably the best-smelling bourbon I've come across.


The palate, though, is a little too dry for me. And it doesn't live up to the promise of the nose -- damn! It's good whiskey for certain, but it just needed to come out of the lab a little sooner (too much time in the barrel and/or too much heat). Mostly I get dry, unsweetened cinnamon from this, with graham crackers, and muted caramel-vanilla stuff.  Nice long fade in the finish. Almost a B/B+, but not quite.


[Hey, that's cool that my description of the nose is so close to Sku's... no collusion was involved.]

N: Lots of sugar (Brown Sugar!), maple syrup.  Oddly has some Tennessee whisky in the nose, reminds me of George Dickel.
P: Whoa. (like Keanu said in the Matrix, but not quite as dopey.)  That's a nice big sweet mo' fo'!   Very florally spiced for a wheated bourbon.
F:  Just the right amount of burn with lingering cinnamon. 

n:  bike tube


p: Come and goes quickly.  Reminds be of factory rubber.  Smooth.






N: Fantastic.  Potpourri, sugar, leather saddle... in heaven.


p:  Complex leather and mixed spiced including nutmeg.  Semisweet.




N: Deep wood, black cherry, maple syrup. After a while some corn sweetness emerges. Not too sharp. 


P: Quite warm; corn sweetness on the tongue immediately giving way to vanilla, caramel, wood and black cherry. Some of the corn sweetness comes back to the forefront. Medium body.


F: Initially vanishes but remerges with a big cherry blast; vanilla and light wood, some cinnamon.


Great. So much better than the PVW 23 I had.  


N:  This is an awesome nose with dense sweet coconut.  Smells of a spice, wet lumber, exotic wood and wood polish. 


P: Tastes like a old wheater.  Roasted corn sweetness with red licorice and light smoke. 


F: Lingering sweet oak finish.


n: buttery with creamy caramel, cinnamon roll bread. Some leather, but this is all soft and delicious. Excellent nose; one of the best in bourbon that I have experienced.


t: intense flavour, cinnamon butter on a butterscotch soaked popcorn ball. Soft wheat, brown sugar, and very heavy on the oak - which makes this barely semi-sweet. Rounded and cohesive with full flavour. I understand why this is worth the hype.  [A-/A]

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