Release Year: 2014
This was the first “Van Winkle” bottle I purchased back in 2014 for $60. The bottle now is getting very low, but wanted to review it before its end. Let’s see what she has to offer…….
Nose: Heavy caramel. Toffee. Brown sugar. Vanilla. Fresh cherries. Very dessert like. All those lovely sweet notes!
Palate: Boom! Again with the heavy caramel. Spice on the back palate. Soaked cherries. Maple.
Finish: Long. Deep, heavy caramel. Spice. Maple. Old oak.
Grade: 90 – 92 (A-) = Excellent, Want to buy a case
This is an excellent bottle of bourbon! Especially when you find it at retail. I tried this Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year next to the Colonel E.H. Taylor Seasoned Wood. The Old Rip blew the Seasoned Wood out of the water! The Old Rip just has more depth of flavors and bite to it (in a good way) with the higher proof.Tags: Bourbon, bourbon blog, bourbon ranking, bourbon review, cleveland, Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old Bourbon, review, whiskey, Whiskey review