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Everything You Need to Know About Buffalo Trace’s 2019 Pappy Van Winkle Lineup

October 10, 2019 Drinks By
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Fall is whiskey drop season, and there is no whiskey drop more closely followed than that of the annual allotment of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.

Announced this morning, 2019’s Pappy Van Winkle Collection will be available at liquor stores, bars and restaurants in November. No specific dates were given in the press release.

This year’s release doesn’t stray from previous years in terms of bottle variety, but suggested retail price is slightly on older bottles — Old Rip Van Winkle 10-Year-Old Bourbon ($70), Old Rip Van Winkle Special Reserve Bourbon 12-Year-Old ($80), Old Rip Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13-Year-Old ($120), Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 15-Year-Old ($120), Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 20-Year-Old ($200) and Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 23-Year-Old ($300). The Sazerac Company, the company that produces Pappy at its Buffalo Trace Distillery, added that whiskey yield was low due to significant evaporation during the long aging cycle in the barrel, so bottle totals are down again.

As always with Pappy bourbon, take the manufacturer’s suggested price with a grain of salt. Retailers know the value of bottles on the second-hand market and price their own small allotments accordingly. Retailer and second-hand bourbon buying market price gouging has become so rampant, president of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery Julian Van Winkle addressed it in the announcement of this year’s collection.

“Unfortunately we cannot control the price retailers charge, so some retailers mark it up beyond our MSRP, even though we ask them not to,” Van Winkle said in the press release. “We are committed to releasing a quality product and hope retailers will honor what we suggest as a fair retail price.”

In the same release, Buffalo Trace warned consumers to “be wary of online resellers such as Craigslist and other online marketplaces, especially private Facebook and MeWe groups.”

Further Reading:
• The Complete Guide to Pappy Van Winkle
The Complete Guide to Buffalo Trace Whiskey
6 Affordable Bourbon Whiskeys to Drink Instead of Pappy Van Winkle
The 17 Best Bourbons of 2019
Everything You Need to Know About Fall’s Most Hyped Bourbon Releases

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Will Price

Will Price is Gear Patrol's home and drinks editor. He's from Atlanta and lives in Brooklyn. He's interested in bourbon, houseplants, cheap Japanese pens, and cast-iron skillets — maybe a little too much.

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