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June 14, 2012

Finding Pappy Van Winkle, CTD

A few weeks ago, I put an APB out on Pappy Van Winkle, the elusive bourbon that takes a lot of work to find but is worth every minute and every penny. Whiskey Advocate Blog recently sought to find out what was in a bottle of the exquisite whiskey:

Because the Van Winkle whiskeys are so rare, esteemed and costly, there is always a great deal of interest in where they were made. Sources changed over the years and it can be hard to keep up. It is impossible for anyone, even the Van Winkles, to say with certainly what any given bottle contains, though except for the rye, everything in recent years has been Buffalo Trace, Bernheim, or Stitzel-Weller, individually or in combination. They create a profile prior to bottling, based on what they have available and how much whiskey they need, then dump barrels accordingly.

Reader @mbeemsterboer found the 15-year aged bourbon at Greenbush Bar in Madison, WI last night; Greenbush also carries Pappy Van Winkle Rye and the 20- and 23-year aged bourbons.

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May 29, 2012

Finding Pappy Van Winke, CTD

“I don’t normally drink beer, and when I don’t I drink Pappy Van Winkle” – What the Most Interesting Man in the World would say if he was given a truth elixer.

If you recall from a few weeks ago, I put an APB out on Pappy Van Winkle, the elusive bourbon that takes a lot of work to find but is worth every minute and every penny.

My friend Kyle, who writes for FeedMeKC, went down to New Orleans for Jazz Fest and found the elusive 23-year bottle at the Sazerac at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans:

If this got you thirsty for some good bourbon, Kyle recently put out a recipe on how to make grilled lemonade bourbon cocktails – stay thirsty my friends!

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April 23, 2012

Finding Pappy Van Winkle

By Ryan Glasspiegel – Follow SportsRapport on Twitter

As any bourbon or rye enthusiast who has spent a day calling every liquor store in their city only to be laughed at and told in an exasperated tone of voice, “No, we get that once or twice a year and it gets snatched up within a couple days.” can attest, Pappy Van Winkle is IMPOSSIBLE to find. It only happens when you’re not looking for it.

Wright Thompson, Grantland’s whiskey and grease correspondent, writes:

When Pappyphiles find a bar that serves it, we make a mental note. There’s a Thai restaurant in Columbia, Mo., that sells it, for some reason. In Vegas, there’s a bar in the basement of the Venetian. I know a hotel in Lyon, France, and where to go in Birmingham or Atlanta, and just a few days ago in Chicago, I knocked back four of ‘em at a restaurant. There are others. You’ll have to find your own damn Pappy. It’s there, on the shelf of a bar or liquor store, waiting for a lush like you.

There is, to the best of my knowledge, only one airport bar in America that serves Pappy. Not long ago, I missed a connection and, despite it being the middle of the day,. I walked in with a computer bag and a roller-board suitcase, looking like any other road warrior. Then I ordered. The waiter’s demeanor visibly changed.

I’ve been lucky enough to find it twice and it really isn’t an exaggeration to say that it’s life-altering. It goes down smoother than a light beer but packs a punch strong enough that a glass of it neat (and one would NEVER contaminate such an exquisite bourbon with a mixer–ice is honestly a stretch) can easily last 45 minutes and leave you with the pleasant buzz of a luxurious meal.

To the dismay of many and delight of others, this space will chronicle restaurants and–although probably much less often–liquor stores that have the Kayser Soze of whiskeys in stock.

The first submission comes from reader Matt, who found 13-year old Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye at Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina in Las Vegas for $17 for a glass.

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