They say some fans may have been waiting for years to get their taste buds on some Pappy’s. And you? Do you feel bad?
Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve is the flagship brand of Bourbon whiskey owned by the “Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery” company (which does not actually own or operate a distillery), and is now distilled and bottled by the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. Huh!
The “Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery” has a four generation history that started in the late 1800s with Julian P. "Pappy" Van Winkle. The Van Winkle Bourbons are created using Pappy's traditional recipe of corn, wheat and barley, rather than the more typical corn, rye and barley. This "wheated" recipe gives the bourbon a much softer, smoother taste and allows the whiskey to age more gracefully.
Pappy Van Winkle tends to do releases by allotment once a year, generally in the Fall. Stores that have placed orders get an unpredictable number of bottles – or none at all.