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Holiday Bourbon
updated: Dec 08, 2013, 8:00 PM

My son and daughter are coming home for the holidays and they love good bourbon. I've read a lot about one highly rated called Pappy Van Winkle 15 year old Family Reserve. Where might I find this in SB County?

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 COMMENT 475465 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-08 08:13 PM

Wish I knew; long been a desire of mine. They had some bottles at Eureka; I asked how much for a pour and i think it was $40. For a shot.


 COMMENT 475467P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-08 08:18 PM

Not being mean, really, but Ha!
Any age is pretty darn hard to find. But I could be totally wrong.
Google "pappy van winkle 15 availability"
Here's one link, includes a locator:

This is a fun article:

Good Luck, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
(DON'T tell if you find it.)


 COMMENT 475476 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-08 08:40 PM

How about and intro to scotch?


 COMMENT 475481P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-08 09:09 PM

Never have been much of a drinker, then was treated to a Maker's Mark (Bourbon) Manhattan. They sure are good, occasionally. Bought a bottle for home, one morning I awakened with the smell of booze next to my bed. I'd taken an Ambien, gotten up in the middle of the night, opened the new bottle, poured a shot or two in a plastic cup and taken it to bed.


 COMMENT 475483P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-08 09:18 PM

I'd sure love to try it and doubt I ever will.

Here's the weather site I use
35 degrees at State and De la Vina already? Really? Check out your neighborhood.

Hope many of us have something warming tonight! I like bourbon, and I love sweet, creamy Earl Grey. And mulled juice or wine. And hot cocoa. Sweetened, diluted spiced rum with a cinnamon swizzle stick is good too; it's always been a December drink. I don't mean to push alcohol, I leave home one time out of one hundred if I'm drinking and if I do I walk or cab.


 PORKRIND agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-08 10:21 PM

It's essentially unobtainable. If you weren't already on a waiting list the day it came in, then there's no chance of getting a bottle unless there's some place that's marked it up so high it's found no takers. Given what I've seen it go for on ebay and similar, I'd guess that would be at lead $400 a bottle.

As someone who has a couple bottles, take it from me that it's all hype. The 12 year old Old Weller is about 95% of the quality at a tiny fraction of the price and hassle. And happens to be the same distillate, just a little younger.


 COMMENT 475493P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-08 10:44 PM

Ah, PorkRind, how I appreciate your information and sanity. And your namesake.


 ANDY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 06:28 AM

OMG! 481P Ambien and bourbon? Be very careful.



 DOGMOM agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 06:47 AM

Makers Mark barrel aged manhattans are the best if your a whiskey lover. A good gift would be a liter size oak barrel, Makers Mark bourbon, sweet vermouth and a bottle of bitters. The longer the manhatten ages in the oak barrel the better.


 COMMENT 475512 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 07:29 AM

you wont see any in town some one hijacked around 200 cases of it from the distillery so ther is a huge shotage and i agree on the old weller


 COMMENT 475516 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 07:45 AM

Have you tried Bevmo? They tend to have hard to find items...


 COMMENT 475525 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 08:17 AM

If you haven't tried "Basil Hayden" bourbon it might be worthwhile as a substitute. It is available but sometimes hard to find.


 COMMENT 475528 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 08:22 AM

Are you looking for some of the recently pillfered cases of Pappy Van Winkle that are supposedly valued at $25,000?

Can't imamgine what would make bourbon worth that kind of money.


 COMMENT 475532 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 08:44 AM

528 - Hyped-up P.R. creates demand. Think "Cabbage Patch Kids" dolls or "Teddy Ruxpin" back in the 80s. The "sheeple" will buy anything if it's made to sound desirable or exclusive. Madison Avenue doesn't exist for no reason.


 COMMENT 475549 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 09:27 AM

There is some for sale on a site called internetwines for about $1000 a bottle.


 COMMENT 475551 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 09:42 AM

I had some at a whiskey tasting at a whiskey bar in San Francisco a few years ago (The Alembic in the Haight, I highly recommend it). The Pappy Van Winkle definitely stood out and I generally don't consider myself someone with a very good palate. I had no idea it was this sought after and rare.


 COMMENT 475555 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 10:03 AM

Bourbon Room??


 COMMENT 475559P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 10:08 AM

I've seen it on thefind.com


 COMMENT 475575 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 11:36 AM

my housemate found a bottle of the 15 yr at lazy acres around this time last year. it was $80, they had just received it in stock and when the clerk asked him if he could help him find anything he facetiously answered he'd like a bottle of pappy. the clerk was generally surprised and asked how he'd known they'd just gotten two bottles delivered from the distributor but obliged. it was delicious but i prefer the 12 yr, it's a little less oakey and easier drinking. old weller, 4 roses, makers, bulleit, bookers, buffalo trace, blantons all make good bourbons.


 COMMENT 475578P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 11:44 AM

OP here - Thanks for all the great ideas. Not being a bourbon fan, I appreciate the ideas.

It sounds like the Pappy Van Winkle is like the Cabbage Patch Kids of yesteryear in that it's ultra-scarce & over priced.

I'll have to check out BevMo for some Basil Hayden, Old Weller & a few other mentioned so far. Hope they have them & we're not talking $250+ per bottle!


 COMMENT 475591 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 12:19 PM

How about something local? Bring them to Cutler's Artisan Spirits in the Funk Zone for a free tasting, then stop in to Les Marchands which is also in the Funk Zone and pick up a few bottles! (I do not work for Cutler's or Les Marchands, but am a happy customer!)


 COMMENT 475702 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 05:43 PM

Costco usually has Knob Creek, Maker's Mark and sometime Maker's Mark Reserve. All are very tasty. BevMo also has a good selection including Basil Haydens and Bookers. True bourbon is only made in Kentucky, anything else is whiskey.


 PORKRIND agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 08:28 PM

If I were shopping at Bevmo for a bourbon lover, I'd probably look to buy something a little out of the ordinary or at least some thing lesser known. I'd leave out the Basil Hayden as it's marketed aggressively nationwide and is to my mind not a great value for it's price. In fact, when I'm in the mood for a high-rye bourbon from Jim Beam, I go with the Old Granddad Bonded, it's the exact same distillate as Basil Hayden, but at a higher proof and a slightly younger age. Delicious and overlooked, an affordable anytime drinker.

I'd look for the High West Rendezvous at $50 or their Double Rye at $35. Both are exceptional ryes, really.

Next, I'd consider the Angel's Envy, it's a port-barrel finished bourbon that has an unusual amount of sweetness. $40

I'd also look to pick up the Four Roses single barrel or small batch for about $40. Both are excellent bourbons from one of the most consistently excellent distillers working today. Doesn't hurt that their master distiller just sent me a handwritten birthday card.

Old Weller Antique or Old Weller 107 are great wheated bourbons that are just a couple of years too young to get the Pappy label, but otherwise same stuff. Ought to be less than $30.

Finally for the adventurous, High West has Campfire (a blend of bourbon, rye and a smoky scotch) that sounds terrible but is wonderful, and the also weird Bourye, a blend of bourbon and rye.$50 or less, I think.

And 475702, bourbon can be made anywhere. Lots of bourbon coming out of the old Seagrams plant in southern Indiana, and every craft distiller everywhere is taking a crack at it as well. The restriction is the only 'Kentucky Bourbon' can be made in Kentucky, obviously.


 COMMENT 475740P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-09 09:20 PM

Great ideas flowing here.

Please keep them coming fellow bourbon connoisseurs.

I need to get to the Funk Zone to check those great sounding places.



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