Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 Year
Old Rip Van Winkle // Kentucky, USA
The only non-wheated offering from the line of Old Rip Van Winkle products this 13 year old rye is, like all Van Winkle products, damn hard to find. Released in extremely limited quantities every October/November (with an even smaller allocation coming out in spring), you will need to know several people and be on all kinds of lists at your favorite liquor stores to get a bottle for the home.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"A nose of honey, clove, rye, oak and the initial blast of heat. The palate is filled with spicy cinnamon and Szechuan peppercorns before fruity notes of cherry and pear appear. Maple sugar candy rounds off the taste. Finish is long and complex with cherries and pepper notes continuing through."