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  1. #61
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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Spotted and had the first pour out of bottle No. 1099 at jazz club LifeTime in Miyazaki last night. I informed the master that he may have the last bottle available. After taking a taste, he put the bottle out of clear sight of the patrons. ...

    but ...I don't expect it to make it to the New Year.

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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Quote Originally Posted by edo View Post
    I informed the master
    You go to some kinky places, dude!!!

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    Cool Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Quote Originally Posted by Attila View Post
    You go to some kinky places, dude!!!
    Oh-oh... ...I mean the bar master! ... ...I, uh- I mean the club head hancho! ... ..uh- I mean the mama-san's uh ...

    ... yeah, kinky (kinki?)

    ... back on topic ...

    Our whiskey committee got in our holiday order. I had won the share-bottle selection and ordered Old Rip Van Winkle Old Time Rye (Bottle No. 71). Passed it around. Very excellent. Good reviews all round. I think it is closer to bourbon than the Family Reserve. The Family Reserve seems moving more toward (dare I say it) congac-like flavors in comparison.

    One member, a Texas (generally) tequilla-drinking woman (who until she tasted the VWFRR last month claimed she did not like whiskey, bourbon or single malt) prefered VWFRR to ORVWR, but just by a bit.

    We did not try the two back to back and no one else (including me) expressed a preference, but all agreed Old Rip is mighty tasty.

    ... just wish it was cheaper

    ... and that may happen for us (in Japan) with the dollar hitting 88 yen yesterday

    ... .whew!
    Last edited by edo; 12-12-2008 at 19:24.

  4. #64
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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    This excellent brand seems very difficult to find here in Europe nowadays. I have been looking for it quit a wile but failed.

    Leif
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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Quote Originally Posted by nor02lei View Post
    This excellent brand seems very difficult to find here in Europe nowadays. I have been looking for it quit a wile but failed.

    Leif
    The brand seems to be highly allocated, it's getting hard to find even in Kentucky.
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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    I believe it has been widely allocated. In my travels around various parts of Tennessee via my job this year, I have seen very few. Where I have seen it, never seen more than 2 on the shelf. I suppose Julian is having to spread fewer and fewer each year as supply is running lower with every bottling. Wonder how much is left? BT should be close to having some ready for him in the next 2-3 years I would think.....of course, with a higher price tag......better grab these 18-19 yr old bargains whenever we can!

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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Lamplighter View Post
    I believe it has been widely allocated. In my travels around various parts of Tennessee via my job this year, I have seen very few. Where I have seen it, never seen more than 2 on the shelf. I suppose Julian is having to spread fewer and fewer each year as supply is running lower with every bottling. Wonder how much is left? BT should be close to having some ready for him in the next 2-3 years I would think.....of course, with a higher price tag......better grab these 18-19 yr old bargains whenever we can!
    IIRC, the rye has been tanked for a number of years, so isn't it still "just" a 13 year old rye?
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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Quote Originally Posted by callmeox View Post
    IIRC, the rye has been tanked for a number of years, so isn't it still "just" a 13 year old rye?
    It was 18-19yo when it was tanked...once it leaves the wood it "officially" stops aging. The stated age on the label is the youngest that the product can be (or the youngest whiskey in the bottle, in the case of whiskies mingled form a variety of ages)
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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Ahh, I didn't realize that it was beyond it's labeled age when tanked.

    Thanks for the info, Timothy.
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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Check out post #41 on this thread. From the Man himself.

 

 

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