First off, my thanks go to Jim for providing this little corner of your discussion boards for a "nonbourbon" as you say. We have had quite a discussion in another forum as to whether these two whiskies (VWFRR = Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye) are in fact the same with different labels on them. I did a head-to-head tasting and found them to be a little different. Now whether these differences are due to bottling variation or the effects of oxidation on one bottle having been open for a while, it is difficult to say. They are both quite nice rye whiskeys, although for the QPR, the Wild Turkey Rye is hard to beat.
Does anyone have an opinion or "inside" information on the identitity of these whiskeys?