Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye
Added on Wednesday, Jul 1, 2009 at 01:34 PM
  Bottler: Buffalo Trace
  Age: 13 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Rye
  ABV: 47.80 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $72 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Wow, what a nose.  Rye of course, maple, pine, and caramel.  The palate is pretty great -- well-balanced with good warmth.  A somewhat chewy rye, with a strong rye character, though not too chewy and not too ryed (does that make sense?).  Gingerbread notes.  This is an easy drinker while still being very flavorful.  (Batch A1062 tasted)  B+/A-

Also Batch A070 with similar results.
A tasty rye!!  Not just for breakfast!! 
This is a hot and flavorful rye.  Feels stronger than the ABV indicates. The wood and sweetness mix well.    
Great nose on this.  The first whiff of this stuff is Bourbony sweetness, they you get flooded with the strong rye spice. The flavor flips that formula on its head with rye spice in the forefront and a bit of bitterness, followed with some sweetness that lasts into the finish, hand in hand with the bitter. This is a bit less rounded than Buffalo Trace's other ryes and the sweetness and spice feel less integrated, but it gets points for a solid and complex rye flavor. If they could tame the bitter edges, this would be amazing stuff.  (Tasted No. A6071) 

This is a very warm and lush nose.  Great spicy rye notes that arent too spicy as to burn your nostrils.  The woody sweetness balances out the spice and I even get some tangerines here.  This transfers  onto the palate with nice body.  Dry wood and caramel sweetness lead to varnishy taste.  A litle heat from the rye spice comes through.  Finishes pretty dark and slightly bitter.  B+/A-


Batch B4136

n: heavy on the source grain, smells like seedy rye bread topped with a good spread of honey butter. Notes of ripe black cherries, dark molasses, and pine tree sap.

t: Spiced orange clover honey sweetness. Sweet chewy finish with flavors of raw wheat bread dough; the wood is a delicious aspect to this. Nice balance between the heavy caramel and spice influence from the rye grain. Finishes of pumpkin pie spice, buttermilk, and graham crackers.

A very deep and brooding rye whiskey. Intense flavor, but a delight to drink. 

Nose is heavy vanilla, rye, subtle orange, cinnamon and fresh grass. The palate is very easy, filled with more vanilla, more citrus, and a more mellow rye than on the nose. At first I felt like my mouth was covered in vanilla but orange notes really started to come through the more I drank. Probably my favorite of the current VW lineup. 2013 bottling. A-. [12/23/13]


Retaste 2013 bottling: A little more wood and rye than in my earlier review. Oxygen opens this one up to reveal a lot of citrus-rye notes. Along with the Lot B, my favorite palatte of the 2013 series. B+/A-. Tasted as part of a 2013 VW vertical. [1/26/14]

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