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.

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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.