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Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 year old

I first tried this at WhiskyLive London and was poured for me by Preston Van Winkle.  I liked it then and as I have tried more and  more bourbons... I like it even more.  The nose the is sweet, with caramel, bubblegum and vanilla.  All classic bourbon notes but in this expression it seems amped up more than usual.  With time some more fruity notes come through as well.  The taste is smooth and sweet, candy floss and brown sugar.  This expression tingles on the tongue and builds into a big spicy and dry finish with more brown sugar, oak, cloves and even cayenne pepper.   This is excellent and left my lips tingling, the perfect balance of sweet and spice.  Bourbon at it's best.

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

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