Van Winkle Special Reserve
The Bourbon: Special Reserve 12 year
Distillery: Old Rip Vank Winkle
Average Price: $79.99
No bourbon list is complete without the “granddaddy” of all distillers, Old Rip Van Winkle. Van Winkle bourbons are wheated, meaning they have swapped out rye for wheat. This makes for a mild, earthy flavour, which some describe as soft. While Van Winkle bourbons are known for being hard to find and expensive, this special reserve is one of the best bourbons under $100.
See a brilliant, amber-orange color. Smell luscious, complex toffee. Taste a round, supple entry, leading to a dry, expansive, medium body. Enjoy notes of caramel, nuts, and brown spices with a lengthy, enveloping finish. It’s an outrageously smooth and decadent bourbon.