I'd say you're a realist.
Interesting this was a topic here a couple years ago. http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...p/t-15399.html Foreshadowing, maybe?
If ORVW gets rid of the barrel bottle that would be unfortunate. It has been a trademark of the Van Winkle family and Stitzel Weller brands. kind of loosing a little bit of history, I think...
Second thought, I guess it matters more what's in the bottle than the bottle itself.
Last edited by matthewdc; 03-26-2013 at 13:56. Reason: second thoughts
I am sad to see the original label that they have used for 40 years get changed but I am sometimes slow to accept change. That's a pretty long run for a label without significant alteration and I don't think there are a whole lot of other examples.
The loss of the barrel bottle is harder to see. I was sad to see BT abandon it for the Weller line. Those bottles with their paper labels have always had a special place with me. I can't argue that the VW wine bottle style presentation is top notch though. It is and always has been. I will definitely miss the old barrel bottle though. At least they won't be using the new "Weller Style" bottle. Those are not very appealing to me.
I've noticed Rebel Yell is no longer using that bottle anymore either. I always was curious how they ended up with that bottle. That, and why the BHC IW Harper used that bottle while the VSOF did not. I guess I won't be adding any more new bottles to my barrel bottle collection.
That's a good looking product. Great bottle and label. I actually do like the brandy too, however.
For the Birthday Bourbon fans
Also, something new from Angel's Envy if you happen to like the finished stuff
Also, some new Old Scout
James Pepper 15 year barrel proof rye:
I also noticed Michter's re-applied for the 10 year single barrel rye on 2/21. I didn't notice anything different about it. I did just glance though. I'm guessing if they start bottling this again it won't be 18-20 years old.
Is the proof on that rye correct, or just a placeholder?