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Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 Years Old

(8 customer reviews)






pappy van winkle’s family reserve

23yr 95.6 proof

Only the most careful and expensive distilling method can be used to create a whiskey as special as this one. These barrels were carefully selected from the heart of the warehouse for an added three years of aging. This signature whiskey is best enjoyed neat. Any ice or water will dilute its uniqueness.

This very rare, limited edition bourbon takes generations of distilling know-how to produce. Only the most careful and expensive distilling method can be used to create a whiskey as special as this one. Each barrel ages for 23 years and is carefully selected from the heart of the warehouse. This whiskey should be enjoyed neat.

Pappy Van Winkle Reserve 23 Year bourbon has early aromas of caramel and cream with soft notes of oak, nuts and leather. This American bourbon features a sweet taste composed of vanilla, maple and honey joined by complimentary flavors of citrus and spice. as a long-lasting oaky finish, along with many of the early flavors.

Van Winkle Bourbons pay homage to one of the whiskey industry’s founding fathers. This bottling is a real treat for any rye whiskey lover and a truly monumental American whiskey experience. Distilled in the heart of Kentucky, at the Buffalo Trace Distillery.

tasting notes

See a deep amber red. Taste the various hints of caramel, ripe apples, cherries, oak wood and tobacco with a hint of chocolate. This bourbon finishes with a long-lasting and pleasant taste. Starts with a lot of wood flavors but leads to a nice sweet caramel finish.

Pappy began working at W.L. Weller & Sons first as a traveling whiskey salesman and eventually as the President of Stitzel-Weller Distillery. He helped shape the industry during and after Prohibition. Through his endeavors in the warehouse, the boardroom and on the road, he built a reputation in the bourbon industry that was second to none. Fine bourbon was his mission, and he accepted nothing less.

Pappy’s son, Julian Jr., operated the distillery from 1964 until the family sold it in 1972. After, not one to be defeated, he got himself an office and a secretary and formed a company called J.P. Van Winkle and Son. He got into marketing bourbon through many types of commemorative decanters, some of the more popular being for universities. But he never stopped bottling on the side. He created the Old Rip Van Winkle label as a side venture in case his son, Julian III, wanted to come into the business.

Julian III took over the business in 1981 after his father passed away. He was 32 years old with a wife and four young children. The premium bourbon business was in a lull, but 90 years ago, Pappy started from the ground up, too. So, with this same, innate passion, Julian purchased the Old Hoffman Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, for barrel storage and bottling purposes. He couldn’t afford much advertising, but the quality of Old Rip Van Winkle sold itself. Julian III and his impeccable palate created quite a stir.

When first approached by Buffalo Trace, Julian III was honored, but not immediately interested. He had ample bourbon aging, but the concern was for future reserves, since by this time, bourbon was increasing in popularity. Buffalo Trace bought the W.L. Weller label in 1999 and had been making the bourbon with nearly the same recipe as Pappy’s. The transition was easy. As of May 2002, Buffalo Trace has produced the Van Winkle bourbons, using Pappy’s exact recipe. This change allows Old Rip Van Winkle to maintain their strict quality standards while producing more barrels for future enjoyment.

8 reviews for Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 Years Old

  1. admin

    I apologize for taking so long to write this review. Excuse me! Thank me later. This was a gift to myself last July…. Best Gift Ever! Package well. Taste amazing! To my Bourbon Family out there…. Treat yourself. I never mixed. Neat w/ a Cigar or One Cube.
    Remember when I said… “Thank me later!” July is coming up soon. 😎
    #Cheers #Toast 🥂

  2. admin

    Purchase and delivery of this item was very good. Bought for Christmas gift, so no further information at this time

  3. admin

    I had quite a few friends I shared this fine bourbon with. Most impressive drink ever. Getting ready to order another bottle

  4. admin

    Great stuff! Did have to refinance the house to buy a bottle of Pappy 23 but man was it worth it. Great mixed with ice cold root beer!

  5. admin

    I received my Pappy Van Winkle 23 win great condition and was shipped so no breakage or spillage was possible. I didn’t receive the bottle tag and was told it would be shipped separately, but still after 3 weeks it did not arrive. Otherwise the product itself is simply perfect.

  6. admin

    Product arrived without the bag tag. I reached out to the customer service representative and they informed me it was being sent right away. It was never received. Overall the product itself arrived as listed in perfect condition.

  7. admin

    Pappy 23 is the best!

  8. Smith m k

    Fantastic! I’ve ordered several bottles of Pappy’s from Wooden Cork and highly recommend them for their competitive pricing and service.

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