Monday, February 20, 2017

Pappy Van Winkle Flight Nights in Austin, TX

Today, February 20, 2017 along with tomorrow Tuesday the 21st Pappy Van Winkle flight nights are available for tasting. Show up at Easy Tiger beginning at 5pm. The address is  709 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 and they can be reached at 512-614-4972. Cost is $50.00.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pappy Van Winkle raffle raises $10,000!

Through a special raffle initiative aimed at showcasing both the New Hampshire Liquor Commission’s (NHLC) array of exclusive and premium products and the state’s lodging and dining options, NHLC raised $10,500 to support the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association (NHLRA)’s statewide Restaurant Week NH.

This past fall, NHLC teamed up with NHLRA for the Pappy Van Winkle Raffle & Exclusive Tasting Experience, New Hampshire’s first raffle of the extremely rare and coveted Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23yr Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. The raffle drew more than 100 entries.

The raffle featured the chance to win a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23yr bourbon, a one-of-a-kind trip to New Hampshire for an exclusive Pappy Van Winkle tasting and fine dining experience, and VIP access to the Distiller’s Showcase of Premium Spirits, the largest spirit tasting event in New England featuring more than 400 premium and ultra-premium spirits. Raffle proceeds support NHLRA’s 6th Annual Restaurant Week NH, eight days of culinary adventure running March 24 through March 31, 2017.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Pappy Van Winkle will be easier to obtain and taste soon

Kentucky may soon be awash in rare, expensive bourbon. The Kentucky House Committee recently passed a bill allowing individuals to sell unopened vintage bottles of whiskey to stores and restaurants.

The bill opens up the already booming bourbon market. Individuals with decades old bottles now have a legal way of cashing in that doesn’t rely on black market trading or online groups. And for the rest of us who don’t have a whiskey hoarder in the family, the bill means a new supply of aged bourbon is on the way — yes, it may even mean more Pappy.

Bourbon production is limited by design. By law, bourbon must age in new oak barrels for at least two years. Required aging limits how much can producers can make at once. Limited supply and high demand (the bourbon trend has been going on for some years now) created a bourbon market that was only more constrained as people bought up bottles for their own collection. Now those bottles in private collections are older, even more rare, and much, much more expensive.

If you need a sense of just how much bourbon could be squirreled away right now, Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distiller’s Association, told WKMS public radio that there’s probably more vintage bourbon in people’s attics than anywhere else.

So just how much money can this new market of bourbon sellers look to make? It all depends on how loved the brand is and how rare the bottle is, but it wouldn’t be unheard of for a single bottle to go for more than $1,000.

If you love fine bourbon, the next couple years will be an exciting time to visit Kentucky. This new bill will bring bottles out of the woodwork, and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Sellers of Pappy in Pennsylvania, beware!

A bottle of coveted whiskey has a York County man facing a misdemeanor count of sales of liquor without a license.

Officers from the state Bureau of Liquor Control say they responded to an ad on Craigslist and subsequently were sold a 20-year-old bottle of Pappy Van Winkle by Wade Ashley Collingsworth, 45, of York.

The rare bottles of bourbon and whiskey produced by Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky are so sought after that the state Liquor Control Board has held an annual lottery. In 2016, it ran from Nov. 28 to Dec. 3 and 1,601 bottles up for grabs.

The whiskey and bourbon brand sells for upwards of $2,000 a bottle. No information was provided on what Collingsworth allegedly asked for the bottle agents say they bought.

It's not the first time some lucky winners found themselves in hot water with the LCB. Resales of liquor in Pennsylvania are illegal, and after each auction, the bureau keeps an eye out for online sellers.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Pappy is on the menu at Donald Trump's new hotel bar

President-elect Donald Trump has made a supposed fortune by slapping his name on mediocre products and selling them for exorbitant prices. So it should come as no surprise that the beverages at Benjamin Bar & Lounge, the cocktail bar inside Trump’s new Washington DC hotel, might induce extreme sticker shock.

When the hotel opened, Benjamin’s cocktails were $18 to $21. That’s quite pricey, but not too uncommon for a fancy cocktail bar in a big city. But now, as the Washingtonian reports, the cheapest drink you’ll find checks in at $24. Ouch.

That $24 will get you a “romanesque revival,” made with 24 Revival bourbon, honey, mint, and ginger. Six more drinks run in the $25-to-$29 range, and anyone itching to burn through a serious wad of cash can order “the Benjamin.” An amalgamation of rye, potato, winter wheat vodka, raw oysters, and caviar costs a cool $100. The bar’s menu doesn’t explain how, exactly, the drink is served, or the sources of the oysters and caviar.

The beverage list offers an extensive selection of liquor and wine, and big spenders can brag about their bank accounts with several three-figure options. One ounce of Thomas H. Handy Sazerac rye can be had for $175.

And for the grand finale.... ONE OUNCE of 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon is available for $250.

The hotel is located at 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Pappy Van Winkle appears briefly in Utah

The rare bourbon "Pappy Van Winkle" made a surprise appearance at a handful of Utah State Liquor stores on Thursday, where it was snapped up in minutes.

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said the bourbon was sent to stores in Ogden, Cottonwood Heights, St. George, Riverton, Salt Lake City and Provo.

"We didn't get all that much," DABC spokesman Terry Wood said.

Pappy Van Winkle is made in limited batches, and a quirk of Utah's liquor laws means that people here get it for much less than other states. Where a bottle can sell for hundreds of dollars outside Utah, our liquor laws mandate cost plus 86% markup. A 20-year batch bottle can sell for about $160 here. In contrast, some bars charge up to $100 for a shot of the stuff.

It's unknown when Buffalo Trace, the distiller that makes Pappy Van Winkle, will send another shipment. To avoid long lines and a mad scramble, Wood said the DABC may look at other ways of getting it to customers.

"We may try to go to some kind of lottery system next year," he said.

Friday, December 16, 2016

This is rare: Taste Pappy Van Winkle at cost

Eight Row Flint announced that it will buck the tradition of charging astronomical prices for Pappy pours and instead — for one night-only — sell its entire allocation to patrons at-cost.

That doesn’t mean the brown booze comes cheap. Prices will range between $4.47 for a 1.5-ounce pour of Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year to $28.50 for a 1.5-ounce glass of Pappy 23. The event also comes with a few ground rules and stipulations that will be strictly enforced to ensure as many people as possible get a taste.

  • The first 100 customers through the door will receive a wrist band and a number guaranteeing them a 1.5-ounce tasting.
  • Only one serving is allowed per-person.
  • No one can purchase the Pappy for someone else.
Customers can also expect additional bar specials to round off the night of rare booze. The event kicks off December 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Eight Row Flint's address: 1039 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008