Ladies and gentleman start your Pappy plan in motion now. The annual announcement from the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery lineup of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon has arrived.
First this good news – the barrel yield from the 13 year old rye is up over previous years. The bad news – the barrel yield from the 20 and 23 year-old barrels fell short of last Falls release. While the amount of 10, 12 and 15-year bourbon will be about the same as previous years
Known for their wheat recipe versus the traditional rye forward recipe found in most bourbons, Van Winkle bourbons are able to be aged longer than most, in some cases two decades or more, resulting in a superior sweeter and smoother flavor. Although bourbon has become increasingly popular worldwide in recent years, very little Van Winkle is sold overseas, so that these coveted bottles are available in the United States.