A.K.A. “Southern Hospitality”
I was lucky enough to taste the Pappy Van Winkle 20 YO (I believe they were both the 2014 release) on two occasions and here are my takeaways from them.
A complex nose, cinnamon spices, leather, smoked sandalwood, a pinch of salt and then some vanilla, cocoa and raisins after a while.
Big woody palate, leather, then some candied apple, orange peels, a bit savoury actually.
A satisfyingly smooth wood oil finish.
An intensely rich nose of walnuts and brown sugar with an orange zing. Quite a big dose of wood but in an enticing way, leather, thick toffee and hints of dark chocolate. The char is sweet and mesmerising.
Sweet on the palate with a citrus orange zing. Some youthful floral and light honey notes before the woodiness strikes.
Char and cinnamon, milk chocolate and warming spices in the finish.
It’s a hearty dram.