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Old Rip Van Winkle – A Story of Another Van Winkle

Rip Van Winkle left his nagging wife, drank moonshine, and slept for at least 20 years. When he woke up, the world had changed. If he were to wake up today, he would find that a “left-for-dead” spirit, bourbon, is taking the world by storm and  his namesake distillery,  Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery produces some … Read more

Josh Ozersky Offers “Idiots” Fill Ins for Pappy Van Winkle

I admit it. I love to read Esquire magazine. The edginess and yes, the women ain’t bad either. But, I’m happily married so I like the writing best — especially the articles on drinking bourbon. Charles Pierce is always interesting as well. I don’t agree with a lot of what he says, but he’s passionate and thought provoking.  In the … Read more

When You Can Find (Maybe) a Taste of Pappy Van Winkle – 2014

Summer’s here — at least in Savannah, GA — and the living is easy. But, it’s already hot and humid as hell.  And speaking of what’s hot, many bourbon lovers and Pappy Van Winkle chasers are starting to ask when they can at least try to get their hands (and lips) on the best bourbon in the … Read more

Why Pappy Van Winkle Hysteria is Good for Bourbon

  Walker Percy introduced me to Bourbon and Wright Thompson pointed me  to Pappy. Percy’s literature is all about the search for something (God?). “What is the nature of the search? you ask. The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware … Read more