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Why W.L. Weller Bourbon Is Almost Pappy Van Winkle

Apparently, W. L. Weller distilled Kentucky Straight Bourbon with wheat before anyone else — including Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle, Sr. Van Winkle actually worked as a liquor salesman for W.L. Weller and Sons before he and a friend, Alex Farnsley, bought the A. Ph. Stitzel Distillery, which made bourbon for Weller. On Derby Day in 1935, Stitzel-Weller opened its … Read moreWhy W.L. Weller Bourbon Is Almost Pappy Van Winkle

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

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 moreWhy Pappy Van Winkle Hysteria is Good for Bourbon

Thirsty (No Pappy Van Winkle in 2013)

This year I came up short. After two very good years — beginner’s luck, I guess — I didn’t score any Pappy Van Winkle in 2013. Maybe my bottle was in one of the 65 cases stolen in October. October’s always been a weird month. I used to work for a company that analyzed the stock … Read moreThirsty (No Pappy Van Winkle in 2013)

The Best Bourbon You May Never Taste – Pappy Van Winkle

A Bourbon as “Scarce as Mermaids” Thanks to @BourbonBanter for bringing this article to my attention. And as @CLTBourbonClub told me via Twitter. “Pappy’s #bourbon is about as scarce in these parts as mermaids.” Oh well, I guess I will have to be happy with my one bottle a year. Give them both a follow if you haven’t already. Read the … Read moreThe Best Bourbon You May Never Taste – Pappy Van Winkle