by Steven Doyle
December is always a good month for so many reasons, but for many bourbon enthusiasts it is allocation time for the Van Winkle brand which is produced jointly by the Sazerac Company and Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Pappy Van Winkle is aged for 15, 20 or 23 years, which is considerably longer than the aging period for most bourbons. The 20 year is bottled at 90.4 U.S. proof (45.2% alcohol by volume) and has been described as “intensely fruity”. The 15 year is bottled at 107 proof. The 23 year is bottled at 95.6 proof.
Production of Van Winkle is kept to a strict minimum which boosts its mystique, and of course increasing demand. Many bars and restaurants across the country the country may only receive a handful of bottles.
Pappy Van Winkle is known as the King of Whiskeys, so it’s fitting that a place as “Majestic” as Henry’s would kick off the New Year with a 4-course Whiskey dinner on January 26, 2017 featuring this legendary brand. Henry’s Corporate Beverage Director, Alex Fletcher, has secured four bottles of the coveted brand and challenged Executive Chef Adam Kovac to create a menu designed to showcase each mark of the legendary whiskey.
Courses will be paired with a Old Rip Van Winkle 10-year, Van Winkle Special Reserve 12-year, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15-year Old Rip Van Winkle and Pappy Van Winkle’s Special Reserve 20-year. Each bottle contains 25 shots, meaning only 25 seats will be sold.
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