“We make fine bourbon, at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always, fine bourbon.”
That was Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle philosophy that guided him through his new ventures into bourbon. He didn’t always intend to enter the bourbon business, but when he did, he created simple recipes with dedication to producing fine bourbon.
Pappy started his career as a traveling whiskey salesman, and later became President of the Stitzel-Weller distillery. The prohibition era did not slow Pappy down from building a pristine reputation in the bourbon industry. His family carried the Julian Van Winkle name of perseverance and producing fine bourbon. Four generations later, the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery is still producing original Pappy recipes, including the treasured family reserve labels.
The Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve bottles are very rare, and come in 15, 20, and 23-year-old versions. The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery only releases 7,000 to 8,000 bottles of Family Reserve every year, making the availability of bottles extremely rare and highly collectable. In fact, Pappy Van Winkle has become so popular that the annual release of new Pappy Van Winkle bottles is commonly known as “Pappy Day.” One of the most sought after bottles is the 15 year aged bourbon.
While not the oldest member of the Pappy Van Winkle family, it’s well-aged, full-bodied flavors have won many awards. The bottles come from hand-selected, deeply charred oak barrels. They are aged for 15 years to allow flavor from the oak to mellow and the base ingredients strengthen. Similar to other Pappy Van Winkles, you can expect caramel flavors from beginning to end. The 15 year bourbon has a smoother finish, with rich notes of dried fruits, exotic spices, oak tannins, and a cooked sugary sweetness.
Interested in getting your hands on a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve? You can bid on your chance to win an “All Things Pappy” gift basket, including a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 Year bourbon, at Indy’s Premier Bourbon Affair. The event takes place Friday, February 17th at the Indiana Historical Society. You’ll have the chance to sample bourbons from various breweries, followed by a silent auction. Proceeds benefit education and outreach programs by the Indiana Historical Society. Click here to get your tickets for this fabulous event.
Payless Liquors will now be offering an exclusive selection of bourbon from Starlight Distillery. Starlight Distillery is a branch of Huber’s Orchard, Winery, and Vineyards in Starlight, Indiana. Huber’s Orchard, Winery, and Vineyards began in 1843, when Simon Huber settled in Southern Indiana with his family. Simon brought with him years of experience in fruit growing and wine making from Germany. What was once an 80-acre farm has expanded to over 600 acres with generations of experience in crafting award-winning wines and brews.
Huber’s Starlight Distilleries now produces brandies much like their ancestors in the 1800s. Master distillers, Ted Huber and Jason Heiligenberg, commit to crafting the finest products inspired by artisanal European tradition. Starlight Distillery prides themselves on producing in individual batches allowing for the ultimate expression of the distiller’s art. Payless Liquors Single Barrel Selection #1481 is no exception.
The single barrel selection #1481 selected is an unusual barrel, in that the staves were pulled from their Huber wine inventory. They represent a 2 year, air dried wood from
Southern Indiana coopered in the traditional 53-gallon whiskey style barrel but toasted for 30 minutes like a traditional wine barrel over an open flame. In order to make this an official bourbon barrel by definition, the barrel must be charred so they decided to “flash” char to a rare #5 char. This barrel is truly a hybrid one that brings together knowledge of wine and spirits to develop this unique flavor profile for this rare Starlight Distillery Bourbon.
Starlight Distillery rarely shares these exclusive barrels for off premise use. These specialty barrels are typically used in the Starlight Distillery single barrel program on property in their own tasting room. This distinctive bourbon will be available exclusively for retail at Payless Liquors in Central Indiana. Don’t miss out on your chance to try a handcrafted bourbon with a unique flavor you’re sure to love. Contact us today to reserve your bottle. Cheers!
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