Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon

Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon

About Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon

Julian Van Winkle Jr.
Year Founded:
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


  • jim.helman.14 posted 1 month ago

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

  • steve.bahrani posted 9 months ago

    #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.

  • Pat posted 2 years ago

    Their rye is one damn fine spirit....

  • dickb posted 2 years ago

    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.

  • twinters posted 2 years ago

    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?

  • Goatmaster2383 posted 2 years ago

    I completely agree with you 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.

  • Juan posted 2 years ago

    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.

  • posted 3 years ago

    Hey Michael,
    If you're looking for Pappy Van Winkle, good luck—it's nearly impossible to find anywhere. But the brand's other bottlings are more widely available. There's a long list of retailers and distributors, including several in Tennessee, on its website:

  • Michael Pringle posted 3 years ago

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

  • Larry Hone posted 3 years ago

    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.

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