Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year (2014)
Recently, I turned to a fellow bourbon scout who put me in touch with a former employee of a major warehouse liquor store chain in South Carolina. His former employer had received an allocation of 70 bottles last Fall, and he had purchased one for himself at the MSRP. He planned to enjoy it himself until the engine on his Mazda 6 ruined his day. Having already consumed several bottles of PVW15 in his life, he was OK to part with this one.
Pappy Van Winkle 15
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery (produced by Buffalo Trace/owned by Sazerac)
MSRP: $119. We paid $400 on secondary market (i.e. the side of the road in Greenville, SC)
Color: Dark maple.
Nose: Quite possibly the most enticing and entrancing nose in bourbon. It is complex. After several sessions, I get fresh plum and apples, toasted oak and toasted marshmallow, vanilla and cocoa powder, brown sugar, and a pleasing nail-polishy bite.
Tasting Notes: It lives up to the hype with a burst of flavors and rich buttery mouthfeel- it's curiously complex and the flavors are remarkably pronounced. I get baking spices, deep but pleasant oaky tannins, caramel and vanilla and pomegranate.