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

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

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

How to Find Pappy Van Winkle and Good Alternatives If You Can’t

Looking for some wisdom on how to find Pappy Van Winkle, the world’s best bourbon? Here’s a smattering of advice from a good article written a few years ago by Kevin Gibson in Insider Louisville: Looking for a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon? Good Luck. Here are a few highlights and some alternative bourbons for … Read moreHow to Find Pappy Van Winkle and Good Alternatives If You Can’t