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Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year old (90 proof)

This Van Winkle bourbon expression actually comes in two strengths.... 90 proof (45% ABV) and 107 proof 53.5% ABV).  The nose is sweet, with caramel, bubble gum and grain whisky (acetone-ish) and some fruity and floral notes as well.  The taste is quite oaky at first with black tea tannins, then some sweetness like caramel, toffee and vanilla.  In the finish there is more black tea, cocoa and spices and is quite dry and perhaps the floral note from the nose comes back at the end.  Overall very nice, if not particularly complex bourbon with more oak and tannins than I expected for a 10 year old whiskey (however that is older than most bourbons).

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  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Type: Bourbon
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No

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