This product has been discontinued by the distillery. We do not expect to restock.
This fine Kentucky rye whiskey is the first to carry the Van Winkle name in over 60 years. Twelve years of aging in charred oak through the variable Kentucky seasons has given this rye whiskey a strikingly brown/deep bronze color and a slightly distinctive spicy finish. Anyone looking for a more mature rye whisky will covet this bottling.
The strikingly brown/deep bronze color hints at the treat that's about to come -- the appearance resembles a top-notch oloroso sherry, ideal purity; the nose at first blush is remarkably voluptuous and layered, showing tart early signs of buttered popcorn and caramel -- the second and third passes add sweet/sour hard candy, rye dough, and a subtle spirity piquancy that's turned to just the right volume -- the final nosing provides a sound aromatic summation, one that properly reflects the evident depth and grain spiciness that makes the experience so pleasant; on palate, the rye spice starts right in at entry, then mellows out at mid palate as lush waves of dark caramel, heavily toasted oak, and ripe red fruit headline the flavor part of the program; the finish is intensely spiced and distinctive; what a rollicking ride of fourth gear rye - wow!
Spirits Journal Rating ****