Proof: 90.4 to 95.6
Created: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Included In This Collection: Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Bourbon & 23 Year Bundle
- Unicorn Of Bourbons
- Aged In New Oak
- Wood Notes
Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Bourbon is a legendary bourbon that is aged for 20 years. This luxurious line of bourbon is named after the iconic Julian P. Van Winkle, Sr. who was called "Pappy" by family and friends who appreciated him dearly. It is produced at the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery. This marvelous blend is crafted from Mash Bill #2, like other great blends such as Blanton's, William Larue, and Elmer T. Lee's. It is produced with a sour mash of corn, malted barley, and extra rye. This bourbon is one of the most highly sought-after whiskies. It is rich and complex with vibrant notes of citrus zest on the nose. On the palate, you'll notice dominant sherry notes, mingled with dried fruits and undertones of vanilla. The finish is long and inviting with caramelized notes.
Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Bourbon is part of a series of highly sought bourbons. This one has been aged for 23 years. This luxurious line of bourbon is named after the iconic Julian P. Van Winkle, Sr. who was called "Pappy" by family and friends who appreciated him dearly. It is produced at the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery. This marvelous blend is crafted from Mash Bill #2, like other great blends such as Blanton's, William Larue, and Elmer T. Lee's. It is produced with a sour mash bill of corn, malted barley, and extra rye. This bourbon is one of the most sought-after whiskies. It is rich and with vibrant aromas of ripe apples, cherries, caramel oak wood, and tobacco with a hint of chocolate. The finish is pleasant with a lot of wooden notes, and a nice sweet caramel finish.
Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Bourbon & 23 Year Bundle are known as unicorns in the bourbon community. It is an iconic bourbon created to commemorate the legacy of Julian P. Van Winkle, Sr. best known as "Pappy" by those who knew him and loved him. Pappy began working at W.L. Weller & Sons in 1893 as a traveling whiskey salesman and eventually became the President of Stitzel-Weller Distillery. During this time he sold Old Fitzgerald and earned an outstanding reputation for his commitment to a fine bourbon. His vow is still honored today. During this time bourbon wasn't selling and Pappy's son, Julian Jr., ended up selling the business in 1972. It was one of his biggest regrets so he formed a company called "J.P. Van Winkle and Son" just in case his son wanted to continue the bourbon business. He got into marketing bourbon through many types of commemorative decanters and would bottle on the side. In 1981 Julian III took over the business after his father passed away. He was 32 years old and married with 4 children, one boy, and triplet girls. During this time, there wasn't a lot of demand for premium bourbon. But, he didn't let that discourage him. As his grandfather, Pappy started from the ground up, too. So, with the same passion in mind, Julian the Third purchased the Old Hoffman Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, for barrel storage and bottling purposes. He couldn't afford to advertise, but the quality of Old Rip Van Winkle sold itself. In 1997 Julian III scored 99/100 from a beverage testing institute. Soon he was being contacted by people interested in carrying his product. When first approached by Buffalo Trace, Julian III was honored, but not immediately interested. He had enough bourbon aging, but the concern was for future reserves since bourbon was increasing in popularity. Buffalo Trace bought the W.L. Weller label in 1999 and has been making the bourbon with nearly the same recipe as Pappy. The transition was easy, and as of May 2002, Buffalo Trace has produced the Van Winkle bourbons, using Pappy's exact recipe. This change allows Old Rip Van Winkle to maintain their strict quality standards while producing more barrels for future enjoyment.
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