Something has had me curious for the past two weeks now. When I first bought a bottle of PVW20 some years back at the county store, I'm fairly certain the display included the quip about the BTI's 99 rating. At the time, I knew exactly squat about bourbon (although I was already a fan of VWFRR13) so the "99" loomed large in my shopping mind. Yes, I know, na´ve.
Flash forward. Being a lightweight drinker, I still have that same bottle. And now knowing somewhat more about Pappy's legacy, I was more than a little surprised when last month, a taste of it screamed out "rye-recipe". Yes, it's a green-glass Lawrenceburg-label bottling. Yes, I know you guys have known for a while that the first bottling was not the now-classic Stitzel-Weller wheater.
So, did the BTI give their 99 to the rye-recipe original bottling, or am I missing something here? When was the first Pappy 20 bottling of S-W whiskey?