We did a side by side of an 09 and 11 PVW15 last night. This new 15yr juice is not worthy to be called PVW if you ask me. Nothing special and undeserving of such a premium price.
The Rye and the 20yr are what still appeal to me.
The ORVW10yr107 continues to have a very hard edge for me, Lot B comes off as overpriced Weller 12, and yes, Pappy 15 does seem to have changed. As for the 23, I don't mind paying $200 if I believe in it, but I simply don't like the 23 as much as I do the 20, which my wife is very thankful for.
I will continue to hunt out that Rye thru 2015, then we'll have to wait and see what he releases.
I have been pouring the new Pappy 15 nightly, and there's no doubt in my mind that it is quite different from previous bottlings. It's hotter and drier with less caramel and more of a heavy-handed vanilla. I have yet to dilute it, but I'm thinking that the only reason it's 107 proof is because they're using pre-made labels. I have a feeling it will be more enjoyable around 100 proof.
It's still a good bourbon, though I don't see it as something worth bunkering. The cult of Pappy may have been built on the superior product of years past, but I don't doubt the label has the power to convince virgin palates that the 'best whiskey in the world' is this much less refined juice.
I only have a precious few 2009 bottles from Spring allocation, but I don't think I'll be able to resist a direct comparison in the coming weeks.
"A man comes from the dust and in the dust he will end-- In the meantime it is good to drink whiskey."