Pappy Van Winkles 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? Americas foremost spirits authority, Paul Picult, described this award-winning bourbon as "a perfect combination of age and proof." Youll find gentle flavors of sun-kissed fruits and dark spices laced with caramel from the butterscotch start to the savory finish.