That’s right, “Pappy Rye” is back! After a one year hiatus, Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye Whiskey (VWFRR) has rejoined the family. All prior year releases of VWFRR were bottled from tanked older rye. The label said 13-year but what was in the bottle was closer to 18 or 19-years-old. It was a blend of rye whiskey distilled at Charles Medley and Cream of Kentucky.
This brings to the biggest question. Can a 13-year Buffalo Trace distilled rye compare to the old releases? This has played out in the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection over the past two releases. Sazerac 18-year was bottled from tanked whiskey for multiple years. In 2017, it was bottled from freshly dumped barrels. Nostalgia aside there is still a flavor profile difference. While I hope the taste is similar in regards to VWFRR only time will tell.