Pappy Van Winkle- The Only 3 Strategies I Know for Finding It

My Best PVW Score --- 20 Yr November 2012
My Best PVW Score November 2012

It’s July and that means it’s time to start thinking about the Holy Grail of Bourbons — Pappy Van Winkle.

In about 3 months — when college football hits its stride, the stock market preps for a meltdown, and all the weird folks (you know the ones who proclaim Halloween their favorite holiday) start spending hours setting up their yards to scare little kids — PVW will start to hit the shelves.… Read More

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Yes, Real Bourbon Lovers Do Find Pappy Van Winkle


If you’ve never succeeded in your quest for the so-called Bourbon unicorn, Pappy Van Winkle, you may be tempted to believe that it’s all just a dream.

So to debunk the myth that no “real person” ever finds Pappy Van Winkle and to encourage you to keep on with your quest, here are a few “Pappy Stories” — real-life tales of people finding the barrel of bourbon buried at the end of the proverbial rainbow.

I share them verbatim, except for a few minor edits misspelled words, etc.… Read More

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Where to Find Pappy Van Winkle — The List

Pappy Van Winkle(Last Update July 2015)

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.

I already loved bourbon but had never met Pappy, but I did and liked him. At 12, he was exceptionally good, but at 20, taste-bud blowing.… Read More

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Here’s One More Pappy Story

My last PVW November 2012
My last PVW November 2012

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.

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