Here’s the format. Each episode there are 4-5 tasters with 5-10 whiskeys. Each taster is sent samples and submits their reviews and ratings before the live reveal. Every bottle in the blind tastings has been purchased by me. No outside bottles or media samples will be selected. I try to purchase every bottle at retail but, with today’s bourbon market, have to rely on fellow Bourbonr’s to source certain bottles.
As I mentioned early this week, Pappy Van Winkle started to release. However, with everyone hypersensitive to spotting fake bottles the same picture started to circulate on Bourbon and the Facebook bourbon world. It was a picture of a 15-year Pappy Van Winkle with a red cap (thanks, Blake Cloninger for this picture). Many claimed the bottle was fake. A bad fake at that. Then more 15 years popped up without the traditional black cap.
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a Taste of the Decades at the Tousey House in Burlington, KY. I promoted it on Bourbonr and was pretty excited going into the tasting. I ended up completely blown away by the tasting and organization the event raised money for. I don’t want this buried in the post. I’m going to mention the Dragonfly Foundation before the details of the tasting. Dragonfly mission is simple “Helping young cancer and bone marrow transplant patients (ages 0-30) and their families find strength.” They provide support, quality of life enhancements, multiple weekly events, and opportunities to patients and families enduring treatment and the emotional, physical and financial toll of treatment. If you’re looking for an organization to support, please consider the Dragonfly Foundation.
Please Read: Each state is highlighted when one bottle is reported in that state. There’s a good chance that means that store, and a lot of times that city, is already sold out. This map isn’t an official release tracker from Buffalo Trace. This is a network of bourbon drinkers looking to help each other. Stores are dealing with smaller allocations and greatly increased demand. Please be understanding of this fact. Happy Hunting!
Update: Here are a few things I want to clear up with this post.
- I don’t have any Pappy Van Winkle for sale. Bourbonr is just a blog.
- I don’t know where you can buy it. I didn’t find any myself last year so I’m hunting just like everyone else.
- The Pappy Van Winkle release map will launch next week. That’s the best I can do to help you find a bottle.
- My thoughts on Fake Pappy. My thoughts on retail pricing
- P.s. don’t you love this time of year! 🙂
FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (Oct. 26, 2017) – This is the favorite time of the year for bourbon fans, the annual release of the Van Winkle Bourbons is near. Yields are a bit higher for the 10, 15 and 23 year old whiskies, but the 13-Year-Old Van Winkle Reserve Rye will not be released this year.
Correction – In the video I state that the Michter 10 #2345 is the 2010 release. It’s actually the 2012 release. The same holds true on the Stitzel-Weller and older age rumor but it is a 2012.
This is the reveal for the first Bourbonr Blind Tasting. For the first tasting, our blind tasters were Wade Woodard, Aaron Goldfarb, Josh Peters and Joe Long. I appreciate their willingness to be the guinea pigs in this first episode! This is the full live reveal and discussion video. If you scroll down to the bottom of this post I did a quick wrap-up and reveal video as well.
You may remember my post from a few months ago where I interviewed Whiskey Jewbilee founder, Joshua Hatton. They’re all set for the 2017 Whiskey Jewbilee in Chicago and he’s offering a discount for all Bourbonr readers! The promo code is “BRBR217” and gives you 15% off your ticket price. And more importantly, a chance to buy a bottle of their new release. This year’s Whisky Jewbilee bottle is a 9yo Wild Turkey from Rickhouse G, 6th floor, and bottled at 61.0% ABV.
There are a few common themes on Bourbonr. Things like limited editions and release maps have become synonymous with Bourbon. I don’t love what limited edition bourbons have become. But, I still want to keep Bourbonr as a resource for those that use the maps. I’d much rather focus on things like blind tastings and available bourbon options. Because of that, I’m starting a new blind tasting series. This will be a live video series with the results posted on the blog. The first live reveal and review is this Wednesday, October 11th, at 9 EST. This should be an entertaining format so would love for you to join us!
The 2017 Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition (SmBLE) was a bonus. Four Roses already released the Al Young 50th Anniversary Limited Edition in the summer of 2017. I thought that was going to replace the 2017 SmBLE. But, to the excitement of most Bourbonr, Four Roses decided to release the SmBLE anyways. This year’s release is a blend of a 15-year-old OESK, a 13-year-old OESK and a 12-year-old OESV. If you’re unfamiliar with what the letters stand for, here is a cheat sheet.
I know what you’re thinking. This is the third BTAC post in less than 10 days! It’s easy to get burned out by the fall bourbon craziness. I promise, aside from the map updates, this is the last BTAC post for a while. In this post I reviewed all five 2017 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Whiskeys. These samples were provided by Buffalo Trace.