That’s right, hot off the presses, Buffalo Trace announced today that they are releasing a one time, 25 year old Rip Van Winkle (a.k.a Pappy), in special decanters and a nice presentation box for the small and reasonable price of $1,800. Being 25 year old barrels and hidden in underground diamond mines or whatever is beneath BT, only 700 or so bottles are coming out which makes this a wonderful museum piece for really really rich people. Good luck getting a hold of this one which is already worth double it’s retail price before it’s even been shipped.
No, most of us will stare with delight as the others show their purchase of this bottle sitting pretty inside triple-walled glass with a hidden retraction system and a large velvet rope surrounding the display. Cheers to you BT and to you really really rich people. 🙂
Actual press stuff:
Old Rip Van Winkle 25 Year Old Bourbon to be Released
Oldest Van Winkle Bourbon ever bottled is coming this Spring
FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Feb. 21, 2017) – An extra special, one-time bottling of Van Winkle bourbon will soon be released. Only 11 barrels comprise this very small batch bourbon, making the 710 bottles especially rare and even harder to find than the usual Van Winkle whiskeys.
In 2002 the barrels were moved to Buffalo Trace Distillery, where they continued to age for another 12 years on the lower floors in Buffalo Trace’s brick warehouses. The lower floor placement helped preserve the sweet, mellow notes of the world-famous wheated bourbon recipe. In 2014 the Buffalo Trace team moved the barrels into stainless steel tanks to halt the aging process and preserve the rich flavor profile fans have come to expect from the Van Winkle line.
These extra special bottles deserve an extra special vessel, so each bottle is a handmade glass decanter from Glencarin Crystal Studio. The bottle information is engraved on each decanter, individually numbered, and hand finished with a silver stopper. A glass top for the decanter is also included.
Each decanter is packaged in a handmade wooden box crafted in North Carolina by James Broyhill II of Heritage Handcrafted. The lid is constructed using the oak staves from the 11 barrels that held this bourbon. The outside of the box bears a metal plaque with the Old Rip Van Winkle logo and states “asleep 25 years in the wood.”
“We are excited to be able to offer something so unique and rare for our most devoted fans,” said Julian Van Winkle, president, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. “This is a once in a lifetime offering and the beautiful decanter and wooden box just take it to the next level and make it something in which I’m very proud to be associated.”