Pappy Van Winkle Retail Price

Pappy Van Winkle Price

*These are “suggested” retail prices. Outside of a few rare occasions this does not reflect what stores are selling bottles for and shouldn’t be expected*

Check out our 2015 Pappy Van Winkle Release Map

While prices for Pappy and the Van Winkle rise take a look at what the retail prices for these bottles are. Even if you find a bottle on the shelf most stores have jacked the price above retail. read more

Whiskey Review: Whistle Pig “The Boss Hog”

Whistle Pig – The Boss Hog Rye Whiskey Review

Proof: 134

Price: $140-$170

Age: 12 years

WhistlePig The Boss Hog Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (this may be the longest title I’ve seen on a whiskey) is a limited-edition 100% rye whiskey. WhistlePig The Boss Hog Straight Rye Whiskey is the product of a single barrel, and only 24 barrels of this whiskey have ever been bottled. By doing some math and estimating a 55% loss due to evaporation (pretty typical for a 12 year old barrel) my guess is there was about 2,900 bottles released. Consider yourself lucky if you are able to find a bottle, especially if you’re a fan of rye whiskey. read more

7 Best Alternatives to Pappy Van Winkle

Pappy Van Winkle Substitutes

There are several lists  of  “Pappy Van Winkle Substitutes” floating around. However, some of them are full of errors while others are just a list of several popular bourbons/ryes. I decided to put together a list of a few bourbons that will make a decent substitute for Pappy Van Winkle as well as include the reasoning for why they will be a good substitute. Technically, Pappy is only the 15, 20 & 23 year. The 10, 12 (Lot B) and rye are Old Rip Van Winkle. I use the terms interchangeably since most people just want “pappy” whether it’s 10, 12, 15, etc. read more

Holiday Gift Guide for Bourbonrs

Whiskey Reading Material

We have listed some of our favorite whiskey books here

 NEAT Glass 2 Glass Set – $38 $33

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1 Liter Steel – Bluegrass Barrels – $55

Each Bluegrass Barrel is made from American white oak with a medium char +. In addition to receiving a barrel, you will receive a stand, a bung (cork), a spigot, and handling directions. Once you receive your barrel, you will need to “cure” the barrel (see FAQ) to ensure that your barrel is sealed tight. Once your barrel is cured, simply rinse the barrel with hot water a few times until there is no wood residue, then your barrel is ready to be filled with your favorite spirit! read more

Bourbon Review: Four Roses Small Batch

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon Review

This is not the Limited Edition. This is the regular Four Roses Small Batch. I spend a lot of time on the blog talking about different rare and limited editions but I save most of those bottles for special occasions. What about the daily drinker? What about the bourbons that you don’t have to wait 4 hours in line for? Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon is one of my favorites and I can walk in to almost any liquor store across the country and find a bottle. Plus, it is a steal at $25. read more

Bourbon Review: Wild Turkey Forgiven

Wild Turkey Forgiven Bourbon/Rye Review

Wild Turkey is a blend of bourbon and rye. They are the first of the major distilleries to release this kind of blended whiskey (High West has their Bourye and Son of Bourye). I am a huge fan of Wild Turkey ( Wild Turkey 101 and Rare Breed are cabinet staples for me) so I was excited to give Forgiven a try. Here is the story behind Wild Turkey Forgiven: read more

Poor Mans Pappy

Pappy Van Winkle Alternative

We have already covered the popularity of Pappy Van Winkle on this blog. However, if you’re not familiar with it Pappy Van Winkle if one of the most sought after and hard to find Bourbons around. Most stores have waiting lists a mile long for one bottle and Pappy Van winkle bottles are selling for 10X the retail price on the secondary market. What if you want to drink Pappy without camping outside a liquor store or spending $1,000 for a bottle? I have a solution. No, I don’t have some secret way of getting a bottle and I don’t have any Pappy Van Winkle for sale. I just choose to drink a Pappy Van Winkle alternative which I call “Poor Man’s Pappy”. read more

How to Age Whiskey at Home

How to Age Your Own Whiskey

The aging process is what makes Bourbon Bourbon. Not only taste wise but legally. In honor of my recent post “Bourbon Aging Explained” I decided to give home aging a try. Below are instructions for what I did. I intend to let this age for at least three months before I ever drink more than small sips to taste. Whiskey that is aged in small barrels has a tendency to get an overpowering oak taste so I wouldn’t suggest letting it age any longer than one year. However, there is no reason to throw out Whiskey so let it age as long as you would like. read more

Bourbon Aging Explained

Bourbon Aging Explained

Everyone loves Bourbon because of its sweet and complex flavors. But, where do all of those flavors come from. This post will explain how Bourbon aging works and what flavors this process adds to the Bourbon. FYI, I refer to “distillate” several times in the article. This is the Bourbon after it has been distilled but before it has entered the barrel for aging. I use the word distillate since it is not Bourbon until it has been aged in new oak barrels. read more