The 12 Year Old Special Reserve is sweet, yet full bodied Kentucky Straight Bourbon which is well crafted and balanced beautifully. On the nose is Butterscotch and Demerara sugar followed by gentle spices, cinnamon, charcoal , coffee and honey on the palate and a long lingering finish full of caramel. This Rip van winkle 12 years Bourbon can be enjoyed after dinner, much like a good cognac.
Testing notos for Rip van winkle 12 : Aromas of baking spice on the nose followed by apples, and sweet syrupy notes. The palate features pitted fruits, citrus, dried herbs, and maple. Quick/moderate finish with burnt sugars, egg custard, and vanilla beans. Light fudge, maple, chocolate covered orange, caramel, and honey. Finish is elegant and sturdy.
About Old Rip Van Winkle
In 1893, Julian Pappy Van Winkle Sr. began working as a traveling salesman for the W.L. Weller & Sons Company in Louisville, Kentucky. Weller & Sons was a liquor wholesaler and sold bourbon under various labels, including Old Fitzgerald and Rebel Yell. After the turn of the century, Van Winkle purchased Weller & Sons Co., together with the Stitzel Distillery, which produced most of the bourbons sold by the wholesaler, and merged the two companies. While Prohibition forced most distilleries to close their doors, Van Winkle was granted a license to continue operating his distillery and producing whiskey for medicinal purposes. By the time of his death at the age of 91 in 1966, Van Winkle was the oldest active distiller in the country.