The Pappy Van Winkle Phenomenon: How Pappy Became the Most Sought-After Bourbon in the World

Ever wondered how and why Pappy Van Winkle’s bourbon earned its stellar reputation? Some say it all began when Julian Van Winkle III stumbled upon an old picture of his grandfather, Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle, smoking a stogie in the mid 1990’s. He decided it would be the perfect label to affix upon the now … Read more

A Guy Who Knows Bourbon Talks Pappy Van Winkle

I’m often asked who my favorite bourbon writer is. No. That’s actually BS. No one has ever asked me that. But if they did I’d tell them this guy — Chuck Cowdery. Now I am not saying my favorite bourbon storyteller. That would be Wright Thompson and this would be one of my favorite bourbon … Read more

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