American Whiskey - Bourbon

Pappy Van Winkle's 20yr 90.4 Proof Family Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Overall Rating
    635 / 795
    Rabble Rating
    4.0 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $100
    Proof
    90.4

Rating Description

91st Percentile
This score falls in the 91st percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.

Notes

Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery began in the "late 1800s" founded by Julian P. "Pappy" Van Winkle. Beginning as a salesman for WL Weller he purchased two distilleries with a friend (Alex Farnsley) and produced bourbon for both Weller and other brands. Today by agreement, the actual production of the bourbon takes place at the Buffalo Trace Distillery.

This celebrated bourbon is aged a full 20 years. It is considered a "wheated" bourbon, creating a smoother taste profile.

Named Top Bourbon in the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

This is the only liquor rated by the Beverage Tasting Institute to receive a score of 99 (and there are no 100s). According to them, this is the best liquor on the planet... period. Update: it is now 1 of 2 spirits to receive a 99, the other being a Dalmore scotch. Further Update: the Kavalan Soloist Fino received a 100 point score, which now places the Papppy historically as one of 3 spirits to achieve these results.
Irishman (238) (4/5/2014)
I almost gave this 3 stars - maybe I'm at 3.5. It's a decent bourbon, but becomes very lackluster at this price point. Amazing what stubborn quantity management and a little marketing hype can do for a label. The quality is good, but it's still behind Booker's and Colonel E.H. Taylor's Barrel Proof for me. All things considered, I could buy 5 bottles of Buffalo Trace for this price and would have just as much enjoyment.
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andr01d_3000 (10) (12/31/2013)
I have to admit, I got this as much for the novelty as anything. Pappy is a very good bourbon - smooth, woody, and complex. Is it the best Ive ever had? not really, but theres nothing Im more proud to pull out of the cabinet and whether people will admit it or not, thats kind of part of the allure with any top shelf liquor.
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bdehoog (73) (11/20/2012)
Very fine whiskey. I wanted to give 5 stars. Not that big into wheated bourbons. Has a strong anise flavor to me. Very complex stuff. Sip slowly. Strong baking spice flavors. Too high of price for me to buy again anytime soon at $87.
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TimeToGoHome (32) (7/5/2012)
Fine sipping.  Tastes of caramel.  Unfortunately finished the bottle and don't know when I can find another.  
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Buck Mulligan (19) (11/29/2011)
The poor chap who gave it one star has let the entire bourbon world know what a novice he is. Lets remember, this is the only liquor -not just bourbon, but liquor - to receive a 99 at the International Spirits Competition. Is it worth the price? Is it twice as good as the 15 yo ($50 vs $100)? Probably not. Is it half as good as the 23 yo ($100 vs $200)? Of course not. Price has to do with availability. This is a fantastic bourbon, full of subtlety and complexity. I am a fan of wheated whiskey and hence love this stuff. It is silly smooth and melts in your mouth. In my home its affectionately referred to as Mr. Van Winkles Amber Restorative.
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jaycamm (9) (04/03/2011)
This stuff is the best.
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kfenton1 (1) (03/26/2011)
Overrated
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Big Fan (1) (9/22/2008)
The San Francisco and Beverage Tasting Institute folks scored this one right on the money. This is by far the best bourbon I have ever tasted!
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