Pappy Van winkle 15 Year Old Family Reserve 2017 Kentucky Straight Bourbon
PROOF: 107 (53.5% ABV)
The hazy, copper-colored bourbon has a rich nose of honey, fruit, and cinnamon. There’s caramel, toffee, and peppery spice on the full-bodied palate that leads into an extra-long finish with complex spice and wood tones.
Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year the Old Rip Van Winkle brand was a pre-prohibition bourbon label. Revived by the Van Winkle family after they were forced to sell their Stitzel-Weller distillery by its board of directors. New owners, Somerset Imports, granted Julian Van Winkle II (son of the famous ‘Pappy’) the continued use of an office at the distillery. First option on purchasing casks to bottle his new brand with. When he died and the business passed to his son, Julian III. This courtesy was no longer extended, and he moved bottling to the old Hoffman distillery in Lawrenceburg in 1983.
He was still able to buy Stitzel-Weller stock though, and introduced the famous Pappy Van Winkle for sale range in homage to his grandfather. Using well-aged barrels from the distillery the now-legendary figure once so lovingly ran. When Stitzel-Weller was closed down by United Distillers in 1992, it was only a matter of time before stock would run out. This necessitated a partnership between Julian Van Winkle III and Buffalo Trace distillery in 2002. Seeing all bottling move there, initially using the remaining Stitzel-Weller barrels, with these eventually replaced by Buffalo Trace distilled stock.
The product from all eras is revered, and the brand is considered to be the first premium bourbon line to have been produced in the US. The teenager of this family of world-renowned American whiskies, now in incredibly high demand! Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 year old replaced the Old Rip Van Winkle of the same age in 2004.
Buffalo Trace Distillery is a distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, that is owned by the Sazerac Company. It has historically been known by several names, including the George T. Stagg Distillery and the Old Fire Copper Distillery.