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Van Winkle 12 Year: A Whiskey You Should Know

on 18/05/12 at 8:06 am


Twice a year, the Van Winkle brand releases just a smattering of its bourbons. If you’re lucky to get your hands on one (there’s only about 50 cases in NYC) it’s worth the hunt. Here’s the lowdown on a lesser hyped expression, the Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Yr. “Lot B.”

The Bourbon: Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Yr. “Lot B.” The middle child of the Van Winkle bourbon family, this whiskey has a whiff of vanilla crème brûleé and a tasty hint of fine chocolate. The company credits the bourbon’s exceptional taste to the brand’s time-tested grain formula and yeast strains. Van Winkle bourbons are wheated, meaning wheat replaces the usual 15% rye in the mash bill that gives bourbon its spicy bite. Sweet and fruity, aged wheaters can trick your tastebuds into believing they’re being bathed in cognac.