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  1. #251
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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Talking about the numbering, is this not the 2nd year in a row that we have seen the "B's"? I was expecting "C" this year but have only found B.

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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Quote Originally Posted by BradleyC View Post
    Talking about the numbering, is this not the 2nd year in a row that we have seen the "B's"? I was expecting "C" this year but have only found B.
    It would be interesting to learn how high the numbers go for each letter series. A recent VWFRR acquisition is numbered: B45XX.

    I'm curious how high the 'A' series went before going to the current 'B' series.
    "There's nothing better than a fine dinner, a good bottle of whiskey and a bad girl"

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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Quote Originally Posted by HP12 View Post
    It would be interesting to learn how high the numbers go for each letter series. A recent VWFRR acquisition is numbered: B45XX.

    I'm curious how high the 'A' series went before going to the current 'B' series.
    I have picked up these off & on for years and seem to recall Julian posting something in the past in this regard. If memory serves me correct, I believe he commented that their bottle numbering followed no particular pattern, rhyme or reason. However, someone else will probably be able to provide more precise info I'm sure.

    Seems kinda like so much other 'data' and info coming out of VW....fuzzy at best.

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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Is there conclusive evidence about the source of the current VWFRR "B" bottling?

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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    I don't know the exact location of the threads, but, there are many previous postings in re to this question. A search will yield more info if desired.

    In a nutshell, it is a mix of old COK & Medley stock distilled in the 80s, eventually tanked at 18-19 years of age by Julian to stop the aging process, and now released in regular annual intervals in a set number of bottles as directed by VW until the newer BT stock hits 13 years of age.

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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    In my experience, this is by far the hardest of the Van Winkle family to find. I've been fortunate to grab a handful of the age designates, but haven't seen/heard of a bottle of VWFR for sale.
    tl; dnr

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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    I still can't believe in November when a store asked me if I wanted a Rye to go along with my order of a 12 and 15, I said no thanks. Then I read about how great it is and how hard it is to get...

    Oh well I won't be making that mistake next time!

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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Quote Originally Posted by SDpappy View Post
    I still can't believe in November when a store asked me if I wanted a Rye to go along with my order of a 12 and 15, I said no thanks.
    Ouch, that's a newbie mistake you'll never make again. Then again that's why there used to be some VW rye on the shelves in some states. People heard about Pappy and didn't care about the rye. Sadly, I'm afraid those days are long gone.

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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    Killed another bottle at XMAS.

    So good.
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    GBS Member - 2011 Indoctrination

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    Re: Van Winkle Family Reserve 13 rye

    I'm very new to the bourbon game, but I lucked out and found one of these tonight, #B84**. Last one in the store.

    My first bottle of any Van Winkle. Woo!

    Such a delicious color, can't wait to try it.

 

 

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