Yes, Real Bourbon Lovers Do Find Pappy Van Winkle

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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 March 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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Tell Your Pappy Van Winkle Story

Finding Pappy Van WinkleThe Pappy rush is over.

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

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Finding Pappy — Or At Least Van Winkle — Again

Finding Pappy Van Winkle

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

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