Today I was talking PVW with the owner of a local liquor store. We got to discussing the Lawrenceburg vs. Frankfort bottlings and he told me something that, if it is true, pretty much blows the whole PVW mystique for me. According to this fellow the PVW brands are nothing more than barrels that are purchased from active distilleries and bottled under the PVW label. I was under the impression that perhaps Buffalo Trace (who I believe now handles the bottling of the PVW line) would be producing a Bourbon following traditions and formulas handed down to generations of Van Winkles.
Now, I am not so naive to think that EVERY brand of Bourbon out of Kentucky can be individually distilled what with there only being somewhere in the neighborhood of 8 active distilleries producing the Bourbon made here. I know that hand selecting barrels under the same roof and bottling them with different labels is a common practice. But for some reason I had thought that with the Van Winkle labels, with their price tags and the mystique it would be different.
Anyone with some time and knowledge care to help shed some light on this for me? Or at least point me to a former thread that may cover it.