Pappy Van Winkle
Pappy Van Winkle
The Pappy Van Winkle releases, along with the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection are now the biggest events on the bourbon calendar. The collection, released annually in October boasts the classic Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old and the Van Winkle 12 Year Old Special Reserve. Bearing Pappy’s name are a 15 and 23 year old expression, sandwiched either side of the legendary 20 year old which cemented the brand’s legacy when it received an unprecedented score of 99 at the Beverage Testing Institute in 1996.
2018 also saw the return of the much-loved Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye. With the original batch finally depleted in 2016, this was notably absent from the 2017 releases. Actually a 19 year old Medley produced whiskey for many years, 2018 saw a Buffalo Trace-distilled 13 year old rye released under the Van Winkle banner for the first time.
Our monthly whisky auctions regularly feature rare bottles of Pappy Van Winkle, so make sure to check them out.
2019 Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons
Pappy-Mania is back! Much to the delight of Bourbon fans worldwide, the 2019 line-up from Buffalo Trace features the regular culprits from Pappy Van Winkle and Old RIP Van Winkle (five Bourbon's and one Rye whiskey total). Read the full 2019 Pappy Van Winkle line-up here.
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
The bourbon world is awash with products named after some of Kentucky’s most prodigious sons, from George T. Stagg to E.H. Taylor Jr, but none are as sought after as those bearing the name of Pappy Van Winkle.
Julian Van Winkle started his career as a simple salesman for W.L. Weller, and ended it as proprietor of the legendary Stitzel-Weller distillery. The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery Company was the work of his son and grandson, who lovingly followed in his footsteps. Beginning in the 1970s, they bought up their old bourbon from Stitzel-Weller, once reserved for Pappy’s beloved Old Fitzgerald label, and for the first time bottled it under the family name.
In 2002, their stock was running thin, so Pappy’s grandson, Julian Van Winkle III, reached an agreement with Buffalo Trace to begin producing their bourbon there. A match made in heaven given the historic distillery was already producing the family’s old W.L. Weller brands, purchased from now closed Stitzel-Weller a few years before.