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Old Rip Van Winkle

During the latter part of the nineteenth century, Julian P ‘Pappy’ Van Winkle Sr worked as a salesman for the alcohol wholesaler W L Weller and Sons in Louisville, Kentucky. Van Winkle and Alex Farnsley acquired the business along with the A Ph Stitzel Distillery. They merged the two businesses to form the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, producing such bourbons as Old Fitzgerald and W L Weller. Pappy Van Winkle’s son Julian Jr managed the business following his father’s death in 1965, though he was forced to sell in 1972. Julian Van Winkle Jr created a new brand in the pre-Prohibition style, using whiskey stocks he had wisely kept by from the previous distillery. Julian Jr’s son Julian III ran the operation from 1981 following his father’s death and continued the brand.

There have been four generations of Van Winkles working for the brand since Julian Van Winkle III’s son Preston joined in 2001. Since the Van Winkles began working with Buffalo Trace, the entire range is produced at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankwort, Kentucky. All of the bourbon sold under the Van Winkle label is distilled from a mashbill with no rye; rather, they use wheat instead. Van Winkle bourbon has received wide acclaim; unusually the range is very well-aged for US whiskey, most of which are more than double the average age of standard bourbon.

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A cask strength bourbon from Old Rip Van Winkle, this is rich, sweet and incredibly smooth and toasty. One of the best American whiskeys we've ever tried…  More info
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Old Rip Van Winkle 10 is a well-aged sour mash Kentucky bourbon, well rated by the Beverage Tasting Institute who awarded it 90 points.  More info
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A well aged whiskey from Old Rip Van Winkle, this bottling of Family Reserve has been aged for 15 years in heavily charred barrels, there is a high wheat con10t in the mashbill.  More info
Old Rip Van Winkle is a world-renowned bourbon maker whose whiskies have won several awards over the years. This is the 10 year old expression.  More info
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In keeping with Old Rip Van Winkle’s range, this bottling is a decidedly well-aged whiskey, this rye was aged for 13 years and has a refined maturity.  More info
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A new 75cl bottle and label (which features a rather intense looking fellow with an intimidating beard) for Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year old, bottled at 107 proof. It's still an awesome bourbon, packed...  More info
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A 2000s bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old Bourbon, still produced by the Van Winkle family today, although now they do so at the Buffalo Trace distillery. Their bourbon is made with corn, wheat...  More info
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We had the immense pleasure of trying this at Whisky Live, really great stuff; Van Winkle 23 is a super bourbon of epic proportions. They release yearly batches of this, all of which sell out rather...  More info
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Incredibly old for a bourbon, this bottling of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve was aged for 20 years and retains a beautiful sweetness, a perfect digestif bourbon.  More info
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This bottling of Van Winkle Special Reserve was aged for 12 years, it received a Gold medal at the 2008 International Wine and Spirit Competition, bottled at 90.4 proof, this is a smooth, mature...  More info
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