Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New Yorkers: Special Pappy Van Winkle offering at Bryant Park Grill


On April 19, 2017 an intimate dinner offering is available, which is limited to 20 ticket holders at Bryant Park Grill's private dining area in Manhattan.

The dinner includes four Pappy Van Winkle bourbons—the 10 year Old Rip Van Winkle 12 year, 20 year PVW, and 23 year—with dishes prepared by  chef Gadi Weinreich.  Each course will elicit Pappy’s signature flavors. Expect a few bourbon-friendly stalwarts, like pork belly sliders and braised beef short ribs, Weinreich also has less obvious pairings on the menu.  For example, says Isaacson, “Gadi wanted to do a cheese course to bring out the fruit and nut flavors of the bourbon, and a lemon zest and herb-marinated Australian rack of lamb will bring out the charred oak and buttery flavors of Pappy.” An octopus course will show that even seafood can marry well with bourbon.

The four course affair will run $500 per person and tickets can be secured by emailing Jordan Cohen (jcohen@arkrestaurants.com) or calling 212.840.6500. Bryant Park Grill is located at 25 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pappy Van Winkle in the land of down under!


Good news for whiskey lovers living in Australia! A New-Orleans inspired restaraunt called NOLA Smokehouse & Bar has opened at the streets of Barangaroo in Sydney, AU. You can drink some rare Pappy Van Winkle along with 500 other American whiskies such as Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon.

NOLA occupies a 500sqm site and boasts a large spirits-driven bar and restaurant space. The restaurant has seating for 80, the private dining room for 14 and the bar has a capacity of 180.

NOLA Smokehouse and Bar is located at 1/200 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000 and can be reached at +61 2 9188 3039.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Enduringhearts is hosting another Pappy Van Winkle raffle for charity


Enduringhearts is selling raffle tickets for your chance at a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle.

The 2016 Bourbon Gala was a massive, sold-out hit and they are doing it again on Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 7:00 to 11 PM.

Four entries into the raffle will run you $250, or one entry will run you $100. You do not need to be present at the charity event to win a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle.

Grand Prize – Bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 Year Old
Second Prize – Bottle of Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year Old
Third Prize – Bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old

Proceeds from the event benefit Enduring Hearts, a registered 501(c)(3) charity which funds research to increase the longevity of pediatric heart transplants and improve the quality of life for transplant recipients.

You can purchase your raffle tickets at https://www.enduringhearts.org/product/bourbon/
The full event can be viewed at http://www.enduringhearts.org/events/ 

Call (240) EHEART-1, or e-mail events@enduringhearts.org for more information.
Enduringhearts was a 2015 top rated Charity and can be third party verified at http://greatnonprofits.org/org/enduring-hearts

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year in New York. For $145... a pour.

$145. That seems to be the price now in 2017 for a 2oz pour of Pappy Van Winkle in New York. Remember Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23 Year, has a suggest MSRP of $269, a bottle.

Bowery Bay in Queens received a shipment last week and landed five bottles of hard-to-find whiskeys from the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery.

"This year we actually got the 23, which is the rarest and the hardest to get," owner Deni Anza said.

The bar requests bottles of the rare Kentucky-based whiskey every year, though it's never guaranteed that they'll actually receive any, she said.

"As well as it being extremely high quality, it's just very, very rare," she said, adding that they managed to snag two bottles last year, which lasted only about a month before selling out.

Their rarity means bottles of the high-end booze often end up selling online at far higher prices than their suggested retail cost.

"It's supply and demand,"  Anza said. "They make very few cases of it, and when they sell it, they sell it, and that's it for the year."

Bowery Bay also has the Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year, selling for $55 a pour, the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Year, which patrons can try for $85 a pour, and the Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year, which is going for $50 a pour.

In addition, the Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 Year is selling for $65 a glass, and a flight of three one-ounce tastes each of the 10 Year, the 12 Year and the Rye for $85.

"So you get to taste a little bit of each," Anza said. She admitted that not everyone is willing to pay such steep prices for a taste of whiskey, though die-hard enthusiasts are known to go to great lengths for the brand. "There are people who go in search of it," she said.

Customers who want a drink at a more modest price can order one of the more than 100 other whiskeys on Bowery Bay's menu.

The bar, located on Ditmars Boulevard and 21st Street, is open at 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Monday, February 27, 2017

More Pappy Van Winkle bottles will soon be in stock for sale, but theres a catch

A super limited batch of Pappy Van Winkle will begin shipping in April of 2017 to retailers. It comes from just 11 barrels which make up a total of 710 bottles. And it is a 25 year old special edition bourbon. The bourbon was distilled in 1989 an stored at the Van Winkle family distillery until being moved to the Buffalo Trace Distillery’s warehouses in 2002, where they were aged for another 12 yrs. Then in 2014, the barrels were put into stainless steel tanks to halt the aging process.

A wooden box created by Heritage Handcrafted completes the package; it's made with oak staves from the 11 barrels that held the bourbon as it was aging, and a metal plaque on its exterior commemorates the time that the liquid spent "asleep 25 years in the wood." Inside is a bourbon certificate of authenticity, numbered and signed by Julian Van Winkle, grandson of the original Julian P. "Pappy" Van Winkle, Sr., who founded the distillery.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime offering," Van Winkle said of the 710 bottles, which will begin shipping spring.

The retail price is set at $1,800 but as soon as it hits the secondary market, it is expected people will be selling it for $3000 to $6000.

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.

You may visit them on the web at http://easytigeraustin.com.

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.