I see some talk on here regarding the the Old Rip Van Winkle 15 yr 107 proof. I know a lot of you have questions...I did too. Some time ago I was on the Van Winkle web site and noticed this bourbon was not listed any more (now packaged as Pappy Van Winkle) This is hands down my favorite bourbon, I love this stuff and my first thought was oh no...they have changed it. I emailed Julian Van Winkle himself and to my surprise he emailed me back. I saved a copy of the email and here it is...
"Brian:
We have repackaged our 15-year Old Rip Van Winkle into a new label,
Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve. The whiskey is the same except that
we hand-select only what we feel are the very best barrels for
bottling.
So don't worry. You can still enjoy this wonderful 15-year old bourbon.
Thanks very much for your business.
Where do you buy our whiskey?
Best regards,
Julian Van Winkle"

OK...its the same but now they "hand select" the very best barrels? so is it the same?...I don't know...I just hope it doesn't taste like that Pappy Stuff...I honestly didn't like it as much...