Pappy Van Winkle Santa Edition

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.

Yes, we mistakenly put red capsules on Pappy 15 bottles this year, instead of black capsules. We are sorry for any confusion this may cause.

Turns out this was a mistake on the bottling line at Buffalo Trace. They’ve acknowledged and apologized for the error but you still question how that happens. Probably because Pappy is an insignificant percentage of what gets bottled at Buffalo Trace. As much as we care as consumers it’s just another day of bottling on line “L”. The good news is I don’t think there was a mixup on what’s in the bottle. But, you’ll have to open it to find out! I’m sure collectors are waiting to pounce on this bottle. ISO: Pappy 15 Santa Edition!



    Questions, my bottle of 20yr starts with the letter L and has 11 numbers in it’s serial compared to the 9 that the line K,B. Have, is this normal? Thank you.

    I got this years red cap 15 year pappy from the state run liquor store. It’s cap is a little caddie wompis. Has anyone else seen their cap look new but jacked up if that makes sense?

    The RED FOIL CAP 15 Year Old PAPPY….Is Legit!

    I just returned from Bourbon country and a backlot tour of Buffalo Trace. We stayed at “The Brown Hotel” in Louisville during our visit. During the stay at the Brown we took the opportunity to sample their Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year that was located within their impressive and well stacked bar. It had a RED FOIL CAP / NECK. It was so damn good, and without a doubt in my mind…it was certainly legit! I have photo evidence with the bottle in-hand for any disbelievers.

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