This bottling of Van Winkle Special Reserve was aged for 12 years, it received a Gold medal at the 2008 International Wine and Spirit Competition, bottled at 90.4 proof, this is a smooth, mature whiskey.“A perfect combination of age and proof. The 12 years of aging and medium proof of 90.4 seem to be just right in creating a very pleasant drink of whiskey. This fine bourbon can compete with any excellent cognac as an after-dinner drink.” -Paul Pacult. Nose: Butterscotch with soft sweetness and Demerara sugar. Oaky, cloves, wood and mint. Palate: Soft with gentle spices, charcoal, cinnamon bark, hints of cold coffee and honey. Finish: Lemon followed by a clean and slightly tart finish with notes of coffee, and bitter herbs.
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