Premium bourbon whiskey Pappy Van Winkle is often regarded as the best of the best. Although the award-winning drop is also incredibly rare and extremely pricey, meaning most of us haven’t experienced it for ourselves.
Typically, it’s a lucky few on a waiting list or the winners of raffle who score a bottle when a small batch is released late each year. Then there’s the price. Of the Van Winkle range, the 10-year-old bourbon goes for around USD $500 a bottle, while the 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve is priced from $2,400. And of course, re-sellers add a mark-up.
They say there’s a little Pappy in every bottle of Buffalo Trace bourbon and vise-versa, as the two bourbons are produced in the same renowned distillery, using the same equipment and ingredients. Best of all, Buffalo Trace is readily available at all good bottle shops for around $50-$60 a bottle. If you want to get close to Pappy without breaking the budget, or just want a quality bourbon, Buffalo Trace is the way to go.
If you’re still chasing a taste of Pappy, we’ve discovered an abundance of bars and restaurants across Australia that serve Pappy Van Winkle or Old Rip Van Winkle by the glass, and there’s a good chance one of these locals is right near you. We can’t guarantee it will be an affordable drink, but we can confirm it will cost a fraction of what a bottle goes for, should you be lucky enough to find one.
Lucky for us, both Pappy Van Winkle and Old Rip Van Winkle are available now at the bar.