Good News…More Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon in 2017

 

Want some Pappy Van Winkle, the best Bourbon in the world? Well, this year you've got a better chance to score some than you have in awhile.

Why?

This year yields for the Pappy Bourbons (15, 20, 23) were higher than anticipated, but there will be no 13Yr rye. It needs one more year.

The official statement:

“We have a one year gap in barrel inventory for the Van Winkle Rye. Our current barrels are 12 years old. So rather than compromise on quality or remove the age statement, we decided it would be best to hold off this year and bottle them next year as the 13 Year Old Rye Whiskey fans have come to expect.” - Kris Comstock, Buffalo Trace senior marketing director

And this is what Pappy would sell for if we weren't in the midst of a "Pappy Bubble."

  • $59.99 – Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Bourbon 10 Year Old 107 proof
  • $69.99 – Van Winkle Special Reserve Bourbon 12 Year Old
  • $99.99 – Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old
  • $169.99 – Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old
  • $269.99 – Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 23 Year Old

If you get it at that price, kiss your liquor store owner on the mouth. At multiples of 3 to 5, buy them a drink. When it gets to 10X, go elsewhere. You're likely to find it cheaper on the secondary market.

As Julian Van Winkle himself laments:

“Unfortunately we do not control the pricing retailers charge, so many retailers mark it up, even though we ask them not to. We have not raised prices and do not intend to do so drastically in the future. We are committed to our quality and our pricing and hope retailers will honor what we suggest as retail pricing.”

Good luck!

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection to Hit Stores Soon

On September 19, Buffalo Trace Distillery announced the release of its 2017 Antique Collection.

Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley said this:

"the collection showed very well. I was particularly excited about the William Larue Weller with its extra richness, and the Eagle Rare 17 seemed more rounded and full of flavor. None of these disappointed.”

So Bourbon hunters get ready, these will not be easy to find. A few stores may put them on the shelves, but others will have lotteries or drawings, or announce a day when customers can line up to secure the bottles.

The suggested retail is $90 per bottle, but some stores will charge more. And there is likely to be some customers who buy and then turnaround and sell the bottles on the secondary market.

Here's a breakdown of details of each bottle from Whiskey Advocate:

George T. Stagg
Style: Bourbon
Age: 15 years old
Proof: 64.6% ABV
Price: $90
Number of barrels: 309

This batch is slightly larger than last year’s—309 barrels were bottled from warehouses C, K, M, and Q.

William Larue Weller
Style: Straight bourbon
Age: 12 years old
Proof: 64.1% ABV
Price: $90
Number of barrels: 155

This whiskey was distilled in winter 2005 and aged in warehouses D, I, and P.

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye
Style: Straight rye
Age: 6 years old
Proof: 63.6% ABV
Price: $90
Number of barrels: 72

Distilled in spring 2011, the barrels were aged on the third, fourth, and fifth floors of the K, L, and Q warehouses.

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old
Style: Straight bourbon
Age: 17 years old
Proof: 45% ABV
Price: $90
Number of barrels: 36

This whiskey’s barrels matured on the first, second, and third floors of warehouses C, K, and P.

Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old
Style: Straight rye
Age: 18 years old
Proof: 45% ABV
Price: $90
Number of barrels: 25

This whiskey was distilled in the spring of 1998 and spent 18 years aging in new charred oak barrels. In 2016 the barrels were emptied into a stainless steel tank to prevent further maturation and evaporation.

Good luck and may the Bourbon gods be with you!

Pappy Weekly – August 31, 2017

Ok. So college football kicks off tonight (cheers!).

Every time I say (cheers!) just take a a shot (or sip) of your favorite or maybe just your everyday Bourbon. And of course, if your team scores 7 take two. And if they win this week...oh well that is up to you.

And if you don't know what to buy, I've got you covered.

Here are two articles about some Top Shelf and Bottom Shelf Bourbons you might want to add to your tailgate or couchgate this weekend. Plus, a breakdown of the best Whisk(e)ys coming out this fall according to Whisky Advocate.

And if you're new to the Bourbon game and not quite sure how to read the labels check this out. (Don't worry. It's not just for men.)

Oh yeah! If you want to win a bottle of Van Winkle 12 Yr Go Here.

Just wanted to make sure you're ready for one of the best weekends of the year. #GoDawgs!

Good Luck to all your teams. Oh, and hope to see you in ATL on Jan.8.