What Will the Future of Pappy Van Winkle Taste Like?

Right now, it’s sitting in my kitchen, high on a shelf, an icon in blue velvet: a bottle of 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle. Numbered, sealed, and secure in its embroidered shroud, it isn’t so much a bottle of whiskey as an asset, like a municipal bond. Pappy Van Winkle has been making whiskey for generations. But nobody really appreciates it because of a historical accident of birth. All younger and future Pappies will be made, not at the old, now-shuttered Stitzel-Weller distillery, as their older cousins the 20- and 23-year-old Pappies were, but at the modern Buffalo Trace bourbon plant, an industrial compound that also produces Blanton’s, Eagle Rare, and 13 other bourbons. Full story

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