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.