Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon

Pappy Van Winkle BourbonOld Rip Van Winkle Bottle
Old Rip Van Winkle Bottle

About Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon

Founder: Julian Van Winkle Jr.
Year Founded: 1874
Distillery Location: Frankfort, Kentucky
Master Distiller / Blender: Julian P. Van Winkle, III

Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Essential Facts

  • Known as one of the finest bourbons in the world, any bottle of Pappy Van Winkle is a rare find. What’s unknown is how many cases are available each year.
  • While most bourbon is made from a mash of corn, rye and barley, the Van Winkle recipe calls for a sweeter mix of corn, wheat and barley malt. The wheat allows for more graceful aging.
  • All Pappy Van Winkle bourbon is aged in new, charred oak barrels.
  • Pappy Van Winkle isn’t just a catchy name; he was the family’s pioneering patriarch. The bourbon icon started out as a liquor salesman in the late 1800s and later ran his own distillery.
  • The Sazerac Company now produces Pappy Van Winkle’s bourbon at its Buffalo Trace Distillery, but the original recipe is still used.
  • The 13-year-old Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye Whiskey was the first premium aged rye whiskey on the market.

How you should drink Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon

  • Straight
  • On the rocks
  • With a bit of water

Types of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Available

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  1. The note above about their being no visitor center is only partially true. While the Van Winkle brand is still technically an independent label, its distilled, aged, bottled and distributed by Frankfort based Sazerac/Buffalo Trace. At the (beautiful) Buffalo Trace distillery grounds in Frankfort you’ll find serveral displays about Pappy Van Winkle and they’ll teach you all about it. So, if you’re looking for the Mecca of this brown gold, head to Frankfort and you’ll learn all about.

  2. David Markle says

    If a guest in my home drank my Pappy van Winkle with club soda or (god help me) Ginger Ale, rest assured that my Van Winkle cabinet would be closed to them. Forever. And I’m certainly not putting the PVW 20 in any Julep I make… Ever. Why not just grind up Kobe beef and make a sausage out of it?

  3. Bob Gordon says

    I am with Mr. Markle. I love my Van Winkle…neat….very hard to get here in N.VA..First tried it in Las Vegas many years ago. The smoothest bourbon I have ever had..

  4. Larry Hone says

    Enjoyed a snifter of ORVW 10 year old, 107 proof this evening with old Navy freinds in San Diego. It came into their lives from another Navy pilot friend, Louisville native, who sent it as a gift. Tonight was single malt scotch and sipping whiskey after dinner. A much as enjoy the finer, non blended malts, I found this a bit harsh and dull.
    Perhaps as I am more of a scotch drinker, I preferred the 12 year old, Balvenie “Doublewood” single malt. Now as an AMERICAN company, I applaud the loyalty of those who fruly enjoy their offerings. I continue to look for a suitable substitute.

  5. Michael Pringle says

    Where in the Cookeville, TN area can this be found? Thank you, Michael

  6. There should be a law prohibiting any year of Pappy’s from being mixed. I went through my bottle of 15 in a few weeks, that may swell have been two days. I now look at the empty bottle wistfully, knowing that it’ll be another year before it comes available again. Sigh.

  7. I completely agree with you Juan…no mixing pappy! It goes without saying that the 15, 20, and 23 yr old are incredible. Don’t overlook the 10 yr though,especially the 107 proof. It is easily the best bourbon in it’s price point. Perfect as your go-to bourbon.

  8. I’ve heard about this brown gold all my life, and got the luck of the draw one day in Texas. Thank god! I now own a bottle 12yr. I love it! Hmmm, what will happen when my gold is gone?

  9. I have been trying to get my hands on a bottle of OPVW for over a year. Hopefully around Fall I am on my local liquor stores list for one.

  10. Their rye is one damn fine spirit….

  11. #1. Rip van Winkle is not pappy’s
    #2 RJ Weller antique107 and 10-12 yr is.
    #3 the 12 year tastes idemticle to 23
    #4 the 15 year old tastes nothing like 12 or 23.

  12. So, enough of the Pappy ENVY…I have a pristine, unopened bottle of 23 yo Pappy for sale…Make me an offer…

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