I think the Pappy 20 is my favorite.
What compares to it? I think the Hirsch 16 is close.
WT12 if you can find it. Maybe WT KS.
Perhaps some BTAC bottlings depending on what price you can find them at.
But basically, almost nothing can hold a candle to 15 year old Van Winkle.
Who stole the cork from my breakfast?
I'm finding Pappy's 15 and 20 to be somewhat different animals. The 15 isn't that much hotter than the 20 given the difference in proof and I'm finding the 20 to have a relatively pronounced "band-aid" or phenol flavor to it while the 15 seems just about perfect to my palate. Aside from the cache that the 20 carries for my guests, I'm wishing I had two 15's instead.
The sad truth for me is that Pappy 15 was the first "good" bottle of bourbon I purchased aside from Maker's. I was blown away by the complexity. I figured that I might lean toward the wheaters since I liked the Van Winkle stuff so much but have found that the Van Winkle stuff is pretty singular and the other wheaters are generally less inspired (that's an understatement). Will need to find closure w/ the Pappy 20 I've got open since I'm just not gettin' it at the moment.
I am with Nick on the ORVW 10yr old 107...that stuff is fabulous..I like the 4 Roses Single Barrel also...Very,very good..
I too love the Pap15...very complex and bold for a wheater. If you want something on par (in my opinion), the '06 William LaRue Weller is, too me, over the top fantastic. I do a little cut to get it down to about 110 and it's perfect. On price, It's maybe a little more...assuming you can find it.
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I concur with these Four roses single barrel and ORVW 10/107 both are exellent, Mark