Vermont is for Lovers and people with a heavy sweet tooth. Dieters and the color blind miss out on a lot the state has to offer. One of Vermont’s finest contributions to every day life is their maple syrup. That, and there are some pretty good breweries up there too. But last night I was transported in a very unusual way to the land of fall colors and flannel.
A couple of weeks back I posted a picture of my latest acquisition at the Idaho Liquor Store. It was a bottle of Pappy Van Winkles 15 year old Bourbon. I was really excited, too because it was the first time I had found it at such an affordable price, $54.95. I still can’t believe I got it at such a great value. Well last night I popped the cork on this baby and…
WOW! This is a BIG bourbon. It is 107 proof, so it has bourbon street cred with me already. Its flavor profile is almost like its nose, with one huge difference, the nose on this bourbon gives no indication as to the voracity of the finish, or the amount of heat this bourbon gives.
I consider myself a pretty accomplished whiskey drinker, and the first sip I took of this bourbon literally almost took my head clean off. I was thinking “Ok, my favorite house bourbon, Old Weller Antique, is also 107 proof, so how challenging could this be?” WRONG.
The Van Winkles have again proven that no body makes bourbon as good as they do. Well, lets talk a bit about this drink. The nose is pure vanilla and caramel with just a hint of alcohol and a whiff of barrel oak. Very nice. It almost reminded me of a dessert cordial on the nose.
My first sip let me know that this is a SERIOUS bourbon. It began sweet with the vanilla and caramel flavors front and center, then it got very spicy and hot, with a huge and long peppery finish. Very nice.
There was one thing in particular that struck me about this bourbon, its consistency. It poured like any other liquid, but it had very long and syrupy legs to it. When you ran it around your mouth it coated it unlike any other bourbon I’ve tried. It was very thick and oily, which is a sign of a great bourbon, and this one certainly delivered. Its consistency reminded me of pure Vermont maple syrup. Kind of runny, but thick and viscous on the palate.
All in all this bourbon lives up to its hype. We talk a lot around here about beer living up to its hype, well this is probably one of about 5 bourbons that are highly hyped, and it did not disappoint. If you have the opportunity to buy this bourbon do so, and quick. It is my understanding that they will no longer be making it, so once all the barrels are sold, it will be gone forever. I’m glad I got some.