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

Friday, December 9, 2016

Kroger Wine And Spirits Pappy Lottery

More than 250 Kroger customers across the Bluegrass will win the chance to purchase a rare bottle of Pappy Van Winkle.

With each Kroger location's inventory of Pappy is slightly different, all stores have at least three bottles and some have up to 12. Varieties will also differ.

A lottery will determine who will be allowed to purchase a bottle of the rare bourbon. The raffle will happen Saturday Dec 10, 2016 at 7 p.m.

In the Lexington area the following Krogers are participating:
4101 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, Ky. 
3650 Boston Road, Lexington, Ky.
1669 Bypass Highway, Winchester, Ky
886 Richmond Plaza, Richmond, Ky.
808 Indian Mound Drive, Mount Sterling, Ky.
4750 Hartland Parkway, Lexington, Ky.
1060 Chinoe Road, Lexington, Ky.
3165 Beaumont Centre, Lexington, Ky.
1604 Leestown Road, Lexington, Ky.
328 Kroger Way, Versailles, Ky.
106 Marketplace Circle, Georgetown, Ky.
722 Euclid Avenue, Lexington, Ky.

Virginia ABC received 25k entries in Pappy Van Winkle lottery

For the first time ever, Virginians who want to get their hands on a coveted bottle of Pappy Van Winkle — that celebrated and award-winning Kentucky bourbon — have an equal opportunity chance.

This is the first year that the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control rolled out a lottery system for the three Pappy products the department got in stock this year.

The first Pappy lottery was for the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15-Year Bourbon. There were 25,659 entries during the 48-hour lottery last week for the 96 bottles Virginia ABC has in stock this year.

Virginia ABC will review the entries to ensure they’re all in-state and delete any duplicates and/or out-of-state submissions. The winners must produce a valid Virginia driver’s license to buy the product.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Lottery Is Open

For the second year, the PA LCB is hosting a lottery for the sought-after bottles of bourbon and whiskey produced by Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky. On Nov. 28, the agency announced the lottery to both consumers and individual licensees.

It runs through December 3 with 1,601 bottles up for grabs. For the first time the lottery includes boxed sets of Pappy Van Winkle products as well as individual bottles.
The products include:
  • Four packages (two for individual consumers, two for licensees) with six 2016 Pappy releases: Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 23 Year, Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year, Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 15 Year, Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye, Van Winkle Special Reserve, and Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year.  Price per six-bottle package is $1,999.99.
  • Six packages (three for individual consumers, three for licensees) consist of four Pappy Van Winkle bottles each, including Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year, Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 15 Year, Van Winkle Special Reserve, and Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year.  Price for each four-bottle package is $1,199.99.
  • Thirty packages (15 for individual consumers, 15 for licensees) consist of three bottles each, including Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year, Van Winkle Special Reserve, and Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year. Price for each three-bottle package is $999.99.
Individual bottles:
  • Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye, $159.99 each - 20 bottles - 15 for retail customers, 5 for licensees;
  • Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 23 Year, $399.99 each - 56 bottles - 42 for retail customers, 14 for licensees;
  • Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 15 Year, $149.99 each - 95 bottles - 72 for retail customers, 23 for licensees;
  • Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year, $249.99 each - 176 bottles - 132 for retail customers, 44 for licensees;
  • Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year, $79.99 each - 356 bottles - 267 for retail customers, 89 for licensees; and
  • Van Winkle Special Reserve, $99.99 each - 760 bottles - 570 for retail customers, 190 for licensees


To enter the lottery, participants must register a customer account on www.FineWineandGoodSpirits.com.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Upcoming Pappy Van Winkle lottery in Virginia

Virginia ABC is getting ready to sell three sought-after Pappy Van Winkle products via online lottery.

Save these dates for a chance....

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15-Year Bourbon
December 1, 9 a.m.– December 2, 9 a.m.

Van Winkle Special Reserve 12-Year Bourbon
December 8, 9 a.m. – December 9, 9 a.m.

Old Rip Van Winkle 10-Year Bourbon
December 15, 9 a.m.–December 16, 9 a.m.

Visit https://www.abc.virginia.gov/products/limited-availability/lottery-terms for all rules and information.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New Pappy Van Winkle Cigars

Drew Estate is rolling out a new shipment of its Pappy Van Winkle cigars, a small-batch blend meant to be paired alongside the highly sought-after Bourbons and ryes. For the 2016 release of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented, the company is adding a Churchill vitola as well as a unique figurado called Pappy Drew Limitada, which will only be available to customers who purchase a box of each size.

"We launched in 2015 with the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented Robusto and Toro sizes only," said Jonathan Drew, co-founder of Drew Estate. "This year we added the Churchill and the Pappy Drew Limitada sizes."

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented is blended with two wrappers: a Kentucky-grown barrel fermented leaf over a Mexican San Andres leaf. Drew Estate refers to the process of combining wrappers as "tapa negra." The binder and filler is made up of all-Nicaraguan tobaccos.

The cigars are shipping now, but can only be ordered through the Van Winkle family's online marketplace, pappyco.com.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hundreds camp out at Northern Kentucky liquor store

Hundreds of die-hard bourbon fans camped outside of a Northern Kentucky liquor store overnight, hoping to be among the first to get a taste of a rare bottle released once a year.
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Pappy Van Winkle went on sale Thursday morning at Party Source, a large liquor and party-goods store in Bellevue.

Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve is regarded as one of the finest bourbons in the world. The rare bourbon is made at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Pappy Van Winkle is aged for 15, 20, or 23 years. A 15-year bottle sold for $67.95, a 20-year bottle sold for $125.99 and a 23-year bottle sold for $221.99.

Monday, October 24, 2016

2016 Pappy Van Winkle is officially released and spotted!


As  of October 24, 2016 Bourbonr.com has confirmed, the fall batch of 2016 PVW and ORVW is hitting stores. The first two states who were lucky enough to see the world-prized Old Rip Van Winkle & Pappy Van Winkle bourbon are North Carolina and Wisconsin just a few days ago.

Please drop me a note if you find it in any stores near you and do stay tuned for more updates and news!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Julie Curtsinger, wife of Pappy-theft ringleader takes plea deal

Back when I relaunched this blog last September I reported on the massive $100,000 Pappy Van Winkle theft that took place. A year later the court systems are still working and Julie Curtsinger, the wife of Gilbert “Toby” Curtsinger has taken an Alfred plea to possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance (anabolic steroid). The original felony counts punishable by up to five years in prison were reduced to misdemeanors in the plea agreement. The recommendation will be 1 year in jail.

Her husbands case is still on going and the recovered Pappy Van Winkle bottles were ordered to be destroyed.

Monday, October 10, 2016

New Hampshire Liquor Commission hosts large tasting event

The Distiller’s Showcase is back for thhe fourth year! In case you did not know it hosts and makes more than 400 premium and ultra-premium spirits available for tasting every year.  If that is not enough reason to attend, patrons this year will be able to bid on 3 bottles of the 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon which can be near impossible to find online or in stores. If you are going to pay more than retail price what a great justification as the proceeds benefit The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire.

Tickets cost $60 each and can be purchased online by visiting http://distillersshowcase.com. The event will take place from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH in one month on November 10, 2016.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Top Fall Bourbon Releases Coming Soon To Stores!

It's October and it is bourbon month!

Here is the top brands coming this fall for 2016 that you should be looking for and adding to your whiskey collection.

  • Buffalo Trace Antique Collection
  • Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon 2016
  • Heaven Hill
  • Old Forester
  • Willett
  • Woodford Reserve
  • Jack Daniel’s 150th Anniversary Edition
  • Rebel Yell 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon
  • Pappy Van Winkle Collection from any 10, 12, 15, 20, or 23 year. Anything that you can get your hands on!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

$15 Old Rip Van Winkle at Vince Young Steakhouse

If you live in Austin Texas or are visiting the area you may want to check out The Vince Young Steakhouse. This steakhouse features many bourbons their beloved menu including Maker's Mark, Blanton's, Old Forester, Herman Marshall, Garrison Brothers, Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, and last but most important - Pappy Van Winkle!

Since locating a bottle is always difficult the best chance of tasting the beloved bourbon is to visit a local restaurant or bar. The Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year is the most common which makes it the cheapest at Vince Young starting at $15 for a glass (which is money well spent!)

Vince Young Steakhouse is located at 301 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 and the phone number is (512) 457-8325 to call to ensure availability.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Taste Pappy in Baltimore with a visit to Loch Bar

As reported from The Baltimore Sun, Loch Bar takes whiskey seriously. It started with 300 products and is now approaching 500, said Joe Sweeney, director of marketing for Atlas. Loch Bar has the familiar titles such as bourbon, scotch and rye, along with harder-to-find Japanese whiskeys.

It also has five versions of the elusive Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, from the 10-year ($55 per 1.5 ounces) to the 23 ($125).

Loch Bar, located in the Four Seasons Hotel and was opened in April 2016. The address is 240 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202

Friday, September 9, 2016

Aaron Paul loves Pappy Van Winkle

Collider recently interviewed actor Aaron Paul from his newest movie flick The 9th Life of Louis Drax. Paul became famous for starring in the AMC television show Breaking Bad. You can find the entire interview video located at http://collider.com/aaron-paul-9th-life-of-louis-drax-interview/ which he talked about memorable moments from filming, his karaoke song, getting to be part of such great projects the last few years, his love of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, and more.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pappy found at Riverside Liquors & Village Wine Shop

Riverside Liquors & Village Wine Shop isn’t just a store that meets all of your adult beverage needs: When you step to the back of this alcohol wonderland, you discover a cozy space that reps a beautiful cocktail list with unusual items, and a menu full of variety. If you haven’t yet stopped in to check out Riverside Liquor’s selection, rethink that.

There’s everything you could possibly want, including specialty items like pours of Pappy Van Winkle, fragrant walnut liqueur and deluxe Luxardo cherries, as well as the usual suspects like your favorite red and white wines and chilled beer ready for the party.

 Riverside Liquors is located at 1251 King St. Jacksonville, FL.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Pappy Hour In Music City In September!

96 golden tickets to taste Pappy Van Winkle's rare portfolio of coveted brown liquor with the great grandson of the great Pappy himself.

This special happy hour takes place next month at the Music City Food + Wine Festival, whose organizers are the masters of the slow trickle tease, just now releasing this significant nugget for all the potential buyers and fence sitters.

For many bourbon drinkers, Pappy has been the gold standard. One of the few wheated bourbons, meaning softer wheat is used in place of the bite of rye as the flavor grain, it lends itself to longer aging where rich and mellow flavors seep from the oak barrels and make an exceedingly complex product. When bottles are released, it's a feeding frenzy due to limited production to keep the price at a premium.

If you buy the all-in ticket ($500) or the Sunday day pass ($150), you've got a chance to be one of the lucky 96. But you need to buy that ticket before September 7th, so you can get the super-secret email about how to register for the tasting.  

The event itself is Sep. 17-18 on the grounds of the Tennessee State Bicentennial Mall.  For more information on the festival, participating chefs and vendors and tickets, go to musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A bourbon blast in Louisville

Visiting Louisville? Make time for a stop at the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Created in 1999 by the Kentucky Distiller’s Association, the KBT guides you to nine distilleries that offer visitor centers, tours, and tastings. You can learn about bourbon history (dating back to the late 1700s), Congressional rules for calling a whiskey “bourbon,” and vari-ations in the distilling process that create distinct flavors.

Start at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Louisville’s Whiskey Row, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour through museum-quality exhibits before tasting several well-aged bourbons. Nearby is Jim Beam’s Urban Stillhouse, where you can label a bottle and fill it with bourbon that was produced onsite. Five miles from downtown Louisville, ­Bulleit Frontier Whiskey ­Experience offers tours of its Stitzel-Weller distillery, which dates back to 1935. 

The rest of the distilleries on the Bourbon Trail are scattered through the rolling hills of central Kentucky. While they’re all within 90 miles of Louisville, the road system and limited visitor hours preclude seeing every one of them in one day. However, limo services offer four-hour and full-day tours focused on a single area.

For example, in one day, you can tour the historic Woodford Reserve distillery, explore the glass and wood-plank visitor center at Wild Turkey, sample bourbon at Four Roses, and sneak a peek at Town Branch’s ultramodern glass-walled distillery. Another day, you can tour the Bardstown region, stopping in at Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam’s American Stillhouse, and Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center.

Then top off your trip with an $80 shot of Pappy Van Winkle at KBT-sponsor Old Talbott Tavern.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Julio's Liquors Selling Rare Whiskies

Up to 500 people will at least get a chance at possibly purchasing the whiskey of choice at a special sale this weekend at Julio's Liquors.

Julio's Liquors is to sell off a number of rare whiskies this weekend through a special lottery system, the company announced. The event on Sunday, July 31, at 10 a.m., will work with the first 500 people getting a "Unicorn Card" allowing them to put their choice of purchase into a lottery.

Then at at 1 p.m., the winners will be drawn and allowed to purchase the bottle of their interest.

The whiskies up for sale include a $500 bottle of 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle and a bottle set valued at $1,000, said Julio's.

The event is hosted by the Loch and Key Whisk(e) Society, which reminds us, "there's never a bad day for a good whiskey." Julios is located at 140 Turnpike Rd, Westborough, MA 01581

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bourbon Boom makes bourbon less available

“Twenty years ago we weren’t all that busy and we certainly are busy today,” said Chris Morris, the Master Distiller at Woodford Reserve in Kentucky. “We’re spreading across more than 40 different countries right now.”

The resurgence of cocktails has led to a 315-percent spike in Kentucky bourbon production since 1999. The industry, however, is struggling to keep up. Whiskey needs a few years to age and many distilleries didn’t anticipate today’s demand.


For example, the Buffalo Trace Distillery is suffering from a shortage. Freddie Johnson said the company’s high end brands, like Pappy Van Winkle, need more than 20 years to age.

“The bourbon aging in the warehouse right now is really for the bourbon of tomorrow and the bourbons that were enjoying today is the bourbon of a generation before,” said Johnson.

Because there is not enough Pappy to meet demand, some online liquor stores are re-selling bottles for 10 times their retail value.
“We believe the demand for bourbon is not going away,” said Johnson.

That’s why many distilleries are expanding. Buffalo Trace expects to double capacity within the next eight years while Woodford Reserve just finished a large expansion project. “We have more equipment, more teammates making more whiskey,” said Morris.

The bourbon boom has created an economic ripple effect in Kentucky. Tourism is up as more people visit Kentuckys famous bourbon trail and farmers have more than doubled their growth of corn and rye which are used in bourbons.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Pray to end violence. Food for thought today


With recent tragedies occurring over in the United States this is a good reminder that firearms are much easier then buying some bourbon. Esepcially Pappy Van Winkle. Guns are very cheap & abundant which can be purchased in just minutes with no background check or age verification when buying from private sellers. Bourbon on the other hand, especially Pappy Van Winkle is very regulated and can only be found in small quantities.

Buying Pappy Van Winkle is harder than buying a firearm.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Live in Houston TX and going out this weekend?

It is the annual release of the coveted Pappy Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. High-end pours available will include the 15, 20 and 23 year Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve. First come, first served while supplies last. Second, to combat Houston’s hot weather, Reserve 101 is bringing back their popular push pops in salted caramel bacon bourbon and possibly scotch-colada, too.

High End Whiskey at Reserve 101, Location: 1201 Carolin
Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/reserve-101-houston

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pot Liquor CAS has a new name and serves Pappy!


In Las Vegas, Nevada and wanting to taste some Pappy Van Winkle? Pot Liquor CAS, now known as Pot Liquor Smokehouse Barbecue has recently revamped not only its name but its menu as well. "Using the word smokehouse in restaurant branding has become more common because people are more knowledgeable about what makes barbecue great," chef Bell says in a press statement. "If we add barbecue to our name, it ties it all together and reinforces what’s on the menu."

Make sure to hide some money away from the slot machines because the The Pappy Van Winkle 15 year old starts at $150 for a 1.5oz glass and the older PVW 20 year old is also available for $200 at a 1.5oz glass.

Pot Liquor Smokehouse BBQ is located at 6587 Las Vegas Blvd S. B-196, Las Vegas NV 89119 and the phone number is 702-816-4600.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Chicago whiskey fans, this is a must visit!

Are you wanting some Pappy Van Winkle in Chicago? Steadfast is coming to The Loop by the end of June with master chefs Chris Davies & Chris Texeira operating. Davies currently runs the kitchen at Homestead on The Roof which is anotehr Fifty/50 property.

Whiskey fans will be treated with Manhattans made with either Jim Beam from 1977 or Pappy Van Winkle 10-year bourbon. One of the highlights of Steadfast is its extensive spirits program focused on brown spirits, particularly antique and hard-to-find whiskeys. Among the twenty bottles on hand, all bottled between the 1930s and the 1970s, is an offering from Stitzel-Weller, known by bourbon connoisseurs as the first distillery owned and operated by Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle himself. “We’re looking not just for different distillers, but different time periods,” says Schiller, who has been hitting up auctions with Sas to find interesting bottles. The prices are not set in stone at the moment and instead will be determined by demand.

Steadfast will be located in the new Kimpton Gray hotel located at 39 S. LaSalle St. Chicago, IL 60603

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Buffalo Trace barrel-aged tequilas enter the UK market

Not quite Pappy Van Winkle.... but an allocation of 2 tequilas from the exclusive Expresiones del Corazón range have showed up in the United Kingdom. Using tequila made from 100% blue agave, the Casa San Matias Distillery in Mexico selects different bourbon barrels to give each Expresiones del Corazón a unique character.

Expresiones del Corazón Buffalo Trace Reposado Retails for: £85
5700 Bottles of this have been produced. Aged for 10.5 months in Buffalo Trace barrels, this tequila is dry and spicy, and has a real sense of the bourbon that used the cask, with undertones of caramel, vanilla and cinnamon.

Expresiones del Corazón Old Rip Van Winkle Anejo Retails for: £95
5370 Bottles of this have been produced. Aged for 23 months in Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon barrels, the result is a smooth integration of tequila and bourbon flavours with creamy notes of oak, almond and vanilla

Expresiones del Corazón Buffalo Trace Reposado & Expresiones del Corazón Old Rip Van Winkle Anejo are available on The Spirit Cellar

Yes. They are in stock and ready for ordering.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Example of the cost of the high cost for Pappy in bars

The Gamlin Whiskey House located at 326 North Euclid Avenue in St. Louis, MO currently has all the years available for tasting. It won't come cheap though. Rated the best bourbon whiskey in the world by many makes the cost per just a shot of Pappy Van Winkle incredibly high.

Management states it starts at $10 for a 1½ oz shot of the 10 year old rip van winkle. The oldest aged bourbon at 23 years old comes in at a whopping $85!

If you can afford a sample you better not delay. Supply is expected to sell out by the end of May says  Lucas Gamlin.With that kind of demand the price does seems justified.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Pappy Van Winkle Appears in Silicon Valley, again!


If you were watching the hit HBO television show, Siliccn Valley last night you may have caught the glimpse of Pappy Van Winkle cleverly being incorporated into the show. In Season 3, Episode 3, Pappy Van Winkle is shown which you can watch on YouTube.

“We’ve never paid anyone to mention our products and we’ve never given anyone live product,” says Preston Van Winkle, Julian’s son.

This is not the first time Old Pappy has made a guest appearance in Hollywood. Who remembers the movie, The Internship back in 2013 with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn? There is a famous quote in the movie they talk about ordering Pappy an Winkle to celebrate a sale.

I'm so confident we'll close this, I'm ordering the Pappy Van Winkle.It's pricey, but I want to spiritually invest in our success. If you didn't order the Pappy, I'd send you back to the car.

The prized bourbon is featured in other television such as Justified, Crazy Stupid Love, and the CSI: Los Angeles.




Lastly in January 2014, the country super star Luke Bryan even  picked up a dog and named him Pappy according to a tweet of his.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Pappy Van Winkle Flight Night Event

If you are in Austin Texas put this one in your calendar ASAP. Especially if you have always wanted to taste some of the years of the most popular bourbon around and never could find a bottle. On May 2nd there will be 30 flights of PVW bourbon available. If you are not free on a Monday, the next day there will be 30 more flights available!

May 2: 
10 year Old Rip Van Winkle
12 year Van Winkle
13 year Van Winkle Rye
15 year Pappy Van Winkle

May 3rd

10 year Old Rip Van Winkle
12 year Van Winkle
13 year Van Winkle Rye
20 year Pappy Van Winkle

Event will be held at Easy Tiger located on 709 E 6th Street.

You can check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/209029586141207/

Thursday, April 28, 2016

130 Whiskeys?! Pappy included.

Rosebud American Kitchen located at 381 Summer Street (Davis Square) in Somerville, MA is holding a whiskey tasting tomorrow on Friday April 29th. The event starts at 4 PM and is to celebrate the launch of its own very whiskey club.

People with tickets can taste limited Kentucky bourbons that are hard to find anywhere else. You guessed it.. Pappy Van Winkle 20 year old will be available! In addition to Pappy EH Taylor, Seasoned Wood; Eagle Rare 17 Year Old, 90 Proof; George T. Stagg, 15 Year Old 138.2 Proof. Members of the club will have another 130 whiskeys on menu.
 
Tickets are available for $110 can be bought by calling 617-629-9500 /emailing Info@RosebudKitchen.com.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Rumours of Whiskey Shortage

Good whiskey takes time to age. Bourbon, for example, needs at least two years of barrel time before it can be labeled “straight Bourbon.” Most of my favorite Bourbons are aged considerably longer, often closer to six or eight years.

Producers like Buffalo Trace have attempted to manage expectations bout how much Bourbon may be forthcoming in the years ahead.

And in the cool, damp environs of Scotland, whiskies take even longer to mature. There’s a reason that most premium single malts are aged 12 or 18 years before you see them—many for much longer.

In the meantime, we’re quaffing whiskey at an impressive rate. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), both Bourbon and single-malt Scotch saw increased sales in 2015. Bourbon volume, along with Tennessee whiskey and rye, is up 5.2%, while single-malt Scotch surged 13%.

The bottom line: We’re not going to run out of whiskey. However, some limited-supply bottlings will be hard to come by while the good stuff ages quietly in warehouses. If all you drink is Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon and 50-year-old, single-malt Scotch, then by all means, panic.
Article credit WineMag.com

Thursday, April 21, 2016

More Stolen Pappy Van WInkle in Kentucky!

6 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle have been stolen in Louisville, Kentucky. Robbers attacked The Bourbon River Shack in the time dates of March 28th, 2016 - April 3, 2016. The River Shack is owned by William Hinkebein, the VP of marketing for American Beverage Marketers.


Please contact the Louisville Kentucky Metro Police Department (LMPD) at +1-502-574-7762 and refer to case number 8016028177. A reward is being offered.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Prohibition on Facebook is a real thing!

Last call on Facebook!?? One of the worst kept secret's in the whiskey community is there are literally dozens of Facebook groups that post sales of bottles and create a secondary market. Today every Facebook Group that included the sale of bottles was terminated. Facebook terms of use regulate and state:
Pages promoting the private sale of regulated goods or services (including firearms, alcohol, tobacco, or adult products) must restrict access to a minimum age of 18.
Which is strange since it does not exactly state that it is illegal. So why did Facebook shut down all the groups of bottle selling? We may never know. Fortunately there are many other secondary markets always available to satisfy your Pappy Van Winkle desires.

Monday, March 7, 2016

2016 Savor the Legends Event

Hartford , CT -- this is your 30 day notice! All bourbon and whisky drinkers have the opportunity to taste Pappy Van Winkle. On Thursday April 7 at the Connecticut Convention Center, an event titled Savor the Legends, will feature many of the world's favorite whiskeys including PVW. This is the second year of Savor which is a celebration of food wine and spirits presented by Foxwoods.

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine (as pictured) will be returning for a second year in the row.

The Pappy batches available will be 10 year, 12 year, 15 year, 20 year, and 23 year. Each ticket is $125 which also includes other bourbon cocktails and a menu tailored around Kentucky's food favorites such as hot brown sandwidches. Event starts at 7:00 PM and more information can be found on SavorCT.com.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

World's Largest Whiskey Auction Coming March!

On March 10, 2016, the world's largest auction of Pappy Van Winkle Whiskey will be conducted, featuring over 100 bottles from the highly sought-after Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery.  Included will be over 40 lots of the prized 13, 15, 20 & 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve whiskey as well as an exclusive Old Rip Van Winkle 23 year bottle of bourbon. This rare bourbon, which was distilled in 1986, was hand-selected by Julian & Preston Van Winkle.  It is sold with a beautiful Glencairn crystal decanter, glasses, leather lined presentation box and carries a presale estimate of $5,500 - $6,500.  Bottles from the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery in this sale were assembled from across the United States.

In addition to large and growing national and international audiences, the auction house has earned the admiration of local wine connoisseurs by offering them the opportunity to acquire the kinds of scarce and highly sought-after bottles typically not seen outside of major metropolitan hubs like New York or Chicago.  According to the auction house's whisky & fine wine director, Mark Solomon, "Five years ago few collectors had heard of us.  But today we have a strong local following that has been championed by the nationally recognized wine & epicurean scene."

If you are interested in becoming a whisky or wine bidder or consignor,

Leland Little Auctions
620 Cornerstone Court
Hillsborough, NC  27278

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Pappy Raffle in February!

13 Kroger stores in Kentucky will be auctioning off a dozen 10 year old & 12 year old Pappy bourbon bottles. They will select a winner on the day right before Valentine's Day. The best part is the bottles will be at the MSRP.

"We're going to do our best to make it fair, and employees are prohibited from entering. We just want it to be a fun contest for our associates and give them something they're kind of not expecting right now." McGurk said.

The locations will be at:


12501 Shelbyville Road, Middletown
291 N. Hubbards Lane, St. Matthews
1265 Goss Avenue, Louisville
12613 Taylorsville Road, Louisville
5949 Timber Ridge Drive, Prospect
309 Boone Station Road, Shelbyville
207 Towne Drive, Elizabethtownn
3049 Dolphin Drive, Elizabethtown
3650 Boston Road, Lexington
4750 Hartland Parkway, Lexington
3165 Beaumont Circle, Lexington
106 Marketplace Circle, Georgetown
1669 Bypass Highway 1958, Winchester


$51.99 for the 10 yr & $59.49 for the 12 yr bourbon.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Rest In Peace Pappy :(

Pat Melton (a sheriff) located in Franklin County, Kentucky has announced that all recovered bourbon from the whisky thieves will end up destroyed rather than sold or auctioned for money.

Julian Van Winkle III, the grandson of Julian Pappy Van Winkle Sr. suggested the 28 bottles could of been contaminated or tampered. It is in the best interest of the public and the sheriff respects Van Winkle's wishes. A judge will make he final decision of the whiskey fate once the theft case has run course.