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    Rip Van Winkle 15yo

    After reading a few threads you all got me to thinking about my favorite bourbon RVW 15 yo. I hear it's going away for a while and that's too bad.

    You also got me to look at my two bottles. I have about 3 fingers in a bottle made in Frankfort and an unopened bottle made in Lawrenceburg. If you guys don't mind telling, what is the difference?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Both are SW whiskey The one made in Lawrenceburg is older
    I'm assuming it's an Old Rip Van Winkle? or does it just say Rip Van Winkle?

    Dawn

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    Thanks!

    They both say "Old" Rip Van Winkle. Interestingly enough I bought the Frankfort bottle first! It has been a while since I purchased either. I save the RVW 15 for my special drinking occaisions since it's my favorite and I can't readily get it.

    I usually go bourbon hunting whenever I leave NC, but the ABC stores are getting more good bourbons in every month. We just got WT Ky Spirit which is a fav or mine!

    Thanks again for your reply

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    Yeah, I know where there is one more bottle of ORVW 15. I need to go get it this weekend. I like it a lot, but I really miss the 10yr stuff. For the $$$ it's the $%^&*, too. Havent seen it in months around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodDrinkin
    ...I save the ORVW 15 for my special drinking occasions since it's my favorite and I can't readily get it...
    And you do know, right, that it's not longer made? The Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15yo (aka Pappy 15) replaced it in the Van Winkle lineup. Also from the same bourbon stocks, many of us believe it has a slightly different, woodier/drier taste profile.
    Tim

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    Yes, I do understand that ORVW 15 is gone. I did read somewhere here that Julian said the PVW 15 is the same stuff, just different batches, etc.

    BTW, TNBourbon...Is there any stock of the PVW 15 in Memphis? I have relatives there I could send to add to my stock.

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    Unhappy Van Winkle 15s

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodDrinkin
    Yes, I do understand that ORVW 15 is gone. I did read somewhere here that Julian said the PVW 15 is the same stuff, just different batches, etc.

    BTW, TNBourbon...Is there any stock of the PVW 15 in Memphis? I have relatives there I could send to add to my stock.
    I can answer that with a pretty good degree of certainty from my recent rounds through the city. The ORVW is very, very scarce. As my neighbor Wskybnt alluded, you can probably count them on one hand. He mentions of knowing where 1 bottle is located. I found 1 bottle after work on Saturday night......so, I hope I did not spoil his plans!

    As for the Pappy 15, I know where there are a few bottles of it around town here. It has gotten just about as scarce as the older brother. However, in reading thru a thread I began here on the Forum on the shortage of Pappy 15 in other areas, it appears there is plenty in Chicago (Binny's) and in the Middle Tennessee area according to Tim. I have a couple of these in the bunker unopened at present and several of the ORVW 15.....but, I continue hunting for more. How many is enough? I suppose that occurs when you no longer have to ask the question!
    "All I can say is that I have taken more out of alcohol than it has taken out of me".....Winston Churchill

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    I took a bottle of the ORVW 15-107 to the Gazebo this past sampler. Judging from what remains in the bottle, there was considerable interest in this whiskey. This is a good representation of a classic Stitzel-Weller Bourbon IMHO.
    Joe
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    Quote Originally Posted by BourbonJoe
    I took a bottle of the ORVW 15-107 to the Gazebo this past sampler. Judging from what remains in the bottle, there was considerable interest in this whiskey. This is a good representation of a classic Stitzel-Weller Bourbon IMHO.
    Joe
    Sounds like a good time was had by all and ORVW 15-107 would certainly enhance the occasion even more so. Wish I could have been there.....maybe in September.

    I took a bottle of ORVW 15-107 out of the bunker last night to celebrate the old birthday occasion in the best of ways - and sipping on some more of it now. It is the best bourbon I have experienced to date. After several months of collecting all the S-W I can find in the area, I figured it was a good time to open one of the best representations of the classic bourbon. I now see what all the hoopla has been about for so long! Why I waited this long is beyond me!
    "All I can say is that I have taken more out of alcohol than it has taken out of me".....Winston Churchill

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProofPositive
    He mentions of knowing where 1 bottle is located. I found 1 bottle after work on Saturday night......so, I hope I did not spoil his plans!
    Well you might have. I went after my bottle last night and it was gone. Did you come to OB and get it?

    Where is the Pappy 15 at? I'd like to pick up one of those if you dont mind letting me in on the location.

 

 

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