Friday, May 5, 2017

A look at the new oldest rarest bourbon

Just when you thought the craze over the hard to find Van Winkle family bourbon's had hit its peak, now comes the release of the oldest bourbon produced by the family, at its original Shively distillery.
The 25-year-old Old Rip Van Winkle sells at a whopper of a price. The cost: $1,800 per bottle. The story behind it is unique.

In the fall of 1989, the bourbon was put into 11 oak barrels at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Shively.
In fact, the wood on the special box for the 25-year-old Rip is made from those very barrels. An estimated 710 bottles came from those 11 barrels.

Why is Stitzel-Weller such a big deal?

On Derby Day 1935, Pappy Van Winkle and his partners (including Mr. Stitzel) opened the distillery.
It would become one of the most famous in America. Pappy’s grandson, Julian Van Winkle of Louisville, who created the Pappy brand, told WHAS11 News that his grandfather would have preferred to open his new business on Derby Day when all of Louisville as at the racetrack. He says he’s never seen any photos of Pappy at the racetrack.

The Van Winkle’s left Stitzel-Weller in the late 1980’s and it sat vacant for many years.
So it means the 25-year-old bourbon is the closest to the original Pappy Van Winkle recipe created by his grandson, Julian Van Winkle of Louisville.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

25 year, extremely year up for grabs in Virginia ABC lottery

Want to score a bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon billed as “extremely rare” and “once-in-a-lifetime”?
The only wrinkle: You’ll need about $1,800, and some luck.

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will open a lottery this week for the chance to buy one of 10 bottles of the 25-year bourbon, the fourth such lottery since 2016 to feature a product from the Van Winkle distillery.

Here’s how the ABC lottery works: First, submit your name and ABC store number on the state website. The lucky few will then be notified if the software program that picks random entries chooses theirs, and will be allowed to buy a bottle. Each retails for $1,799.99.

State officials periodically run such lotteries for highly sought-after liquors.

You can enter at