There have been countless articles on Pappy Van Winkle bourbon over the past year or more. In no time at all, Pappy has reached cult bourbon status. Impossible to find, and prices keep rising. Here in Virginia, the state-run ABC stores have stopped taking names for the waiting list. I was fortunate enough…I think…to get on the list at two stores. We’ll see how many years it takes.
Thanks to some generous friends, I’ve tried both the 20 year old (the “Family Reserve”) and the 12 year old (“Old Rip Van Winkle”) bourbons. If it were my money, and for more standard everyday drinking, I’d go for the 12 year. It’s about $50/60-ish versus $110, and truly almost as good.
Another friend recently told me about an article on Grantland that summed it up well. Just take the Pappy fervor described in the article and triple it for today.
That said, who has an in and wants to help a poor blog author out? You’ll have a new best friend.