Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 1985
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 1985 For Sale
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 1985 A2580, 100 Proof and unchillfiltered from the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery in Lawrenceburg. The mashbill is 38% corn, 51% Rye and 11% malted barley distilled in 1985 and bottled 1998/1999 – denoted by the ‘A’ in the bottle number.
Unlike the later additions of Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye this 'A' release is 100 Proof and unchillfiltered, was the same whiskey as the original Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye but not filtered. In Julian Van Winkles words "it was about the best rye we put out".
The Van Winkle Rye reportedly started as a single-source whiskey, rumoured to be Medley distillate. The remaining whiskey stayed in the barrels year after year until it reached 19 years old, at which point it was tanked in stainless steel and mingled with Bernheim (Cream of Kentucky) rye. This bottle would have been 14 year old pre-tank rye with all Medley distillate. The Medley family has a long history when it comes to bourbon distillation. They’ve been a family of master distillers going back 8 generations.
Tasting notes; spicy and sweet, caramel, prune, dates and thick biscuity oak.
DISTILLERY: OLD RIP VAN WINKLE / MEDLEY
BOTTLE NUMBER: A2580
AGE: 14 YEARS
REGION: LAWRENCEBURG KENTUCKY, USA
BOTTLE STRENGTH: 50% / 100 PROOF
BOTTLE SIZE: 70CL