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  1. #231
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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    If anyone could point me in the right direction within a 50 mile radius of St. Louis, MO or could help me out with some send me a PM. I have looked and called around nearly everywhere but can't find any. Ever since trying it I was blown away and was hoping to not have to wait until Fall.

  2. #232
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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Good luck with the search. I spent a months looking for a bottle in New England and only got one as part of the fall release. I didn't want to pay ebay prices for one.

    If you can find Michter's 10 year rye you should pick that up. To me its almost identical to the Van Winkle rye and in the same price range. Its a hell of a lot easier to find.

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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    I really enjoy the Michter's 10 too but it's a bit pricey, at least around here.
    "I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet

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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Nearing the end of a bottle (Letter "I" IRC). It seems to be getting better with a some air time in the bottle. When I first opend it about 6 months ago, it was good but not great, the flavors were more subdued. Now, after about 10 minutes in the glass, they're front and center.

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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Quote Originally Posted by The Boozer View Post
    Nearing the end of a bottle (Letter "I" IRC). It seems to be getting better with a some air time in the bottle. When I first opend it about 6 months ago, it was good but not great, the flavors were more subdued. Now, after about 10 minutes in the glass, they're front and center.
    Yes like all other Van Winkle products, they stand up well to time after they are opened.

  6. #236
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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    This is good incentive for me to let my first bottle of rye rest. The first pour was no disappointment at all: I got cherries, spice and sweet, a really nice pour. But as I only have that bottle, and one more, I wanted to make it last, and now I have another reason.
    There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. - GK Chesterton

  7. #237
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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    There were a couple bottles of this open at the General Nelson on Saturday night. The generosity and anonymity of the Gazebo table are two of its more wondrous aspects. As many great things there were there to try, I kept going back to the Van Winkle Rye.

    I hope a reason Rittenhouse is in short supply is because Heaven Hill is holding back some barrels for extra aging. I think a Rittenhouse at 10+ years might approach the Van Winkle.
    Last edited by cowdery; 05-02-2011 at 18:39.

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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post

    I hope a reason Rittenhouse is in short supply is because Heaven Hill is holding back some barrels for extra aging. I think a Rittenhouse at 10+ years might approach the Van Winkle.

    I hope you know something that we don't.

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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Quote Originally Posted by BradleyC View Post
    I hope you know something that we don't.
    Sadly, I don't, I'm just hoping.

  10. #240
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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    " I kept going back to the Van Winkle Rye."

    Me too, after a GBS member forced me to help finish a 2004 GTS. That was a brutal saturday night, GTS and VWFRR.

    VWFRR still my favorite VW product.
    ~Robert BTOTY #2 2009

    GBS Member - 2011 Indoctrination

 

 

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