Van Winkle 15 Years Old Handmade Bourbon 107 Proof Lawrenceburg K5119 53.5% NV

€ 3.500,00 (ex Vat)
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Distillery Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
Bottler OB
Serie Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Bottled for
Distilled date Undisclosed
Bottling date Late 1990's
Country United States
Region Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Age 15
Cask Type Charred New White American Oak Barrel
Cask Number K5119
Alcohol percentage 53.5
Volume 0,75
Condition Perfect
Label Perfect
Stock 1

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Van Winkle 15 Years Old Handmade Bourbon 107 Proof, with the distinctive Lawrenceburg K5119 label, is not just a bottle of whiskey; it's a journey back in time. This particular release, a Pre-2002 version, holds a rare and coveted status in the world of bourbon, as it was produced at the original Lawrenceburg, Kentucky site. The bourbon within is a product of the renowned Stitzel-Weller distillery, crafted before its closure in 1992 and the subsequent move to Frankfort, Kentucky.

As you pour a dram of this exceptional bourbon, you're not just experiencing a drink; you're stepping into a piece of whiskey history. The deep amber hue in the glass hints at the long and patient maturation process this spirit has undergone over its 15 years of aging. The craftsmanship that went into every step of its creation is evident from the first glance.

The nose is a symphony of rich, inviting aromas. Vanilla and caramel dance alongside the subtle influence of oak, creating an olfactory experience that sets the stage for what's to come. This Pre-2002 release embodies a time when bourbon making was not just a craft but a tradition passed down through generations, and each inhalation of its aroma is a journey back to those storied days.

On the palate, the Stitzel-Weller magic unfolds. The bourbon offers a complex interplay of flavors, with the sweetness of corn, the hallmark of a quality bourbon, mingling with notes of dried fruit, leather, and a gentle hint of spice. The 107 proof bottling strength amplifies the intensity, ensuring that each sip is a profound and memorable experience for the discerning bourbon enthusiast.

The Lawrenceburg origin adds a layer of significance to this release. Lawrenceburg, with its rich bourbon heritage, is not just a place; it's a part of the bourbon soul. This bourbon, produced before the move to Frankfort, captures the essence of a bygone era in the heart of Kentucky.

What makes this release even more exceptional is the use of Stitzel-Weller bourbon, a rare gem in the bourbon world. The distillery's closure in 1992 marked the end of an era, making bottles like this Pre-2002 release a cherished piece of whiskey history. The careful selection of barrels and the aging process at the original Lawrenceburg site contribute to the uniqueness of this expression.

The finish is a lingering embrace, leaving a warmth and satisfaction that resonates long after the final sip. Van Winkle 15 Years Old Handmade Bourbon 107 Proof, Lawrenceburg K5119, is not just a bottle on the shelf; it's a time capsule, a testament to the artistry and tradition of bourbon making.

For those fortunate enough to savor this rare release, each sip is a toast to the legacy of Stitzel-Weller, the history of Lawrenceburg, and the enduring craftsmanship of the Van Winkle family. In a world where time is often measured in the contents of a bottle, this Pre-2002 Van Winkle 15 Years Old stands as a beacon of the past, inviting us to appreciate the richness and complexity of a bygone era in every drop. Cheers to the timelessness of a true bourbon masterpiece!

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