Old Rip Van Winkle 15 Year Old early 2000s / Stitzel-Weller
From the Van Winkle range this is a 15 year old at 107 proof.
This was bottled in the early 2000s at Buffalo Trace distillery. The brand had previously been produced by Julian Van Winkle III at Old Commonwealth distillery (formerly known as Hoffman). Van Winkle moved the bottling of the Old Rip Van Winkle brand there following the death of his father in 1981. He reached an agreement with Buffalo Trace in 2002 that saw production and the remaining Van Winkle stock transferred there. The Old Rip Van Winkle 15 year old was discontinued shortly after, in 2004, and replaced by the familiar Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve of the same age.
Bottle number N3984.