Note: Wheater Wednesday is a result of a massive blind wheated bourbon tasting that recently concluded. The bourbons rated here are publicly available.
Next up is Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year 90 proof, often abbreviated ORVW 10/90. ORVW 10/90 is part of the most sought after bourbon family in the bourbon world: Pappy Van Winkles. Pappy Van Winkle makes extraordinarily good bourbon, but if you're a bourbon drinker, you already know all this. ORVW 10/90 is one of the lesser known offerings. It is a close cousin to a bottle I try to keep on my shelf, ORVW 10/107. The Van Winkle lineup also includes a 12, 15, 20, and 23 year old bourbons, and a 12 year old rye. The Van Winkles have released various other products over the years, but my basic rule of thumb has always been that if I see any Van Winkle offering on the shelf, I purchase it. That is, until now...
I had not had ORVW 10/90 until this tasting. Remember, I tasted all these bourbons blind. On to the notes:
Nose: Young and corn forward, some vanilla and corn stalk.
Taste: Like bourbon flavored water. There's not much to this bourbon. Thin and watery. I wouldn't have even thought this was a wheater cause there is almost no sweetness.
Finish: A slight tingle on the back of the tongue.
Overall: 78. When I found out the identity of this bourbon I was mildly shocked. I've always like ORVW 10/107, but then again, I've always known what was in my glass.
Some other reviews:
Sour Mash Manifesto (Put SMM in your reader. Jason Pyle is one of the best bourbon bloggers around.)