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Many weeks go by, and last week a friend in a city 45 min away texts me a picture of some Colonel EH Taylor that is sitting on the shelf of the bottle shop around the block from him. I had been hunting for some CEHT Barrel Proof and the $73 price was the cheapest I had ever seen.
I call the shop, talk to the owner, and tell him to put aside both bottles for me and I’d drive up the next morning to pick them up.
If you didn’t get any you’re probably SOL. But…there’s always next year — and other damn good bourbons.
So here’s what I’d like to do. What I’d like to ask you.
How Did You Find Pappy?
If you got IT, will you tell us your story — your “how I hunted down Pappy Van Winkle” adventure?
Maybe, just maybe, it will help those who did not get it this year — find some next year.… Read More
It’s kind of bittersweet when you get the call.
And you hear you got picked for the Pappy, but…it’s not exactly Pappy, but Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot “B” 12 Year.
In other words, this stuff didn’t quite make the cut and become Pappy Van Winkle.
It was pulled off the shelf and bottled at 12 years because it didn’t deserve a few more years of aging, like the bourbon that will one day be labeled Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year, 20 Year or 23 year.… Read More
When I started this site months ago, I had a dream, albeit a humble one. It wasn’t to change the world, but rather to find a tasty corn elixir distilled in Kentucky named Pappy Van Winkle.
I had read an article about it, by a guy, a sportswriter, that was also a damned good bourbon storyteller.
“It’s the character, the taste. The scarcity of it that drives the interest.” – Chris Brantley