Following the excitement of last month's Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC) 2019 announcement, the distillery has once again got Bourbon lovers on the edge of their seats as they drop the details of their 2019 Van Winkle Bourbons.
According to the folks at Buffalo Trace Distillery, just as we would expect from previous years, very dehydrated angels have been taking advantage of the liquors long aging cycle, with this years 'harvest' ordinarily low. As always they will be hard to come by and you're going to have to be fast to catch one of these limited releases!
2019 VAN WINKLE LINE UP:
- Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Bourbon 10 Year Old 107 proof
- Old Rip Van Winkle Special Reserve Bourbon 12 Year Old
- Old Rip Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 Year Old
- Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old
- Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old
- Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 23 Year Old
The ridiculously popular Van Winkle Whiskeys will be available starting in November (which includes five Bourbon's and one Rye whiskey), but please be mindful that stores, bars and restaurants will sell-out quickly - let the frenzy begin!!
But why have the Van Winkle bourbon's gripped the world with such devotion? Perhaps it's the multitude of awards through the years, including the 20-year-old receiving a double gold medal, best bourbon, best small batch bourbon at the 2018 New York International Spirits Competition; the 15-year-old being named Best Bourbon, 11-15 Years Old in the 2019 Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, and also nabbing a Gold Medal at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Don't feel too deflated just yet - we expect to see some of the 2019 releases make the transatlantic crossing into our auction, providing our customers with the opportunity to bring home these iconic bottles. Keep your eyes peeled!
ABOUT VAN WINKLE BOURBON
If you're interested in finding out a little more about the coveted Van Winkle Bourbons, Buffalo Trace Distillery have put together a little history behind the whiskeys.
The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery has a four generation history. The Van Winkle family’s involvement in the bourbon industry began in the late 1800s with Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle, Sr. He was a traveling salesman for the W.L. Weller and Sons wholesale house in Louisville. Pappy and a friend, Alex Farnsley, eventually bought the wholesale house and also partnered with Mr. A. Ph. Stitzel on the purchase of Mr. Stitzel’s distillery. The three of them merged the two companies and became the Stitzel-Weller Distillery.
In May of 1935 at the age of 61, Pappy opened the newly completed Stitzel-Weller Distillery in South Louisville. Its prominent brands were W.L. Weller, Old Fitzgerald, Rebel Yell, and Cabin Still. Pappy had a heavy influence on the operations there until his death at the age of 91. His son, Julian, Jr. took over operations until he was forced by stockholders to sell the distillery in 1972. The rights to all of their brands were sold to Norton Simon, Inc. Later, United Distillers, who eventually ended up with the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, sold off all of the original labels around 1999.
After selling the distillery, Julian Jr. resurrected a pre-Prohibition label, the only one to which the Van Winkles kept the rights, called Old Rip Van Winkle. He used whiskey stocks from the old distillery to supply his brand. Julian Jr.’s son, Julian, III took over in 1981 when Julian, Jr. passed away. Julian III has continued with the Van Winkle tradition of producing high-quality wheated bourbon. His son, Preston, joined the company in 2001 and the Van Winkles look to continue that tradition for generations to come.
In 2002 the Van Winkles entered into a joint venture with Buffalo Trace Distillery in Franklin County, Frankfort, Ky. All of the Van Winkle’s whiskey production now takes place at Buffalo Trace Distillery under the same strict guidelines the family has always followed. For more information on the Van Winkle family of bourbon please visit www.oldripvanwinkle.com.