Distilled and bottled under the Old Rip Van Winkle label, this 13-year-old Van Winkle Family Reserve from 2013 is a pretty good find. Rye whiskeys that matured for such a long time are a rarity in whiskey land. In the words of the distillery: ‘Rye whiskey lovers who try this bottling will never look back at the younger versions again.’ See the deep, tawny, copper color. Smell the powerful caramel, spice, sweet-tobacco aromas. Enjoy a smooth, broad entry, leading to a medium-to full-bodied palate with sweet toffee, roasted nut and leather notes. Finish with a wave of white pepper, spice and long-lingering dried fruit flavors.