This bottle of Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye was bottled in 2012 at 95.6 proof. Did you ever enjoy a glass of tasty rumors? No? Read on… Despite what the label says, this 2012 release is not actually 13 years old: the rye was distilled in 1985, and moved to stainless steel tanks in 2004 to stop the aging process. Since then, the annual Family Reserve release has consistently been called a 13-year-old rye, even though most of it contains rye that actually matured for 18 or 19 years. Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye was most likely distilled at the Medley distillery in Owensboro. When the rye was moved to stainless steel tanks in 2004, it was blended with rye from Cream of Kentucky. It’s rumoured that from 2012 onwards, Buffalo Trace began adding their own rye to the blend. That’s a lot of ambiguity packed in one bottle, but what we are sure about is that Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 Years Old 2012 is a legendary whiskey!