Pappy Van Winkle's 12 year old Special Reserve Bourbon is slightly higher in both age and proof than its 10 year old counterpart. The extra two years give the wheat time to create a smoother, more balanced product. The result? America's foremost spirits authority, Paul Picult, described this award-winning bourbon as "a perfect combination of age and proof." You'll find gentle flavors of sun-kissed fruits and dark spices laced with caramel from the butterscotch start to the savory finish.
In this review it states the age and the proof are higher than the ten year counterpart. Clearly the age is more but the proof on this website lists the ten year at 107 proof and this 12 year at 90 proof (which according to other sources is correct).
The Pappy ten write up is really good, this review is incorrect and not as thorough... Which is strange for what is widely regarded as a better bottling of Pappy.
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