I am not allowed to post under the 'Industry News' forum so I'll post it here!
Mark Brown (the president of Buffalo Trace) just sent me this e-mail.
Julian Van Winkel & Son (Preston) have signed an agreement in which Buffalo Trace Distillery will distil the whiskey that will be bottled as "Old Rip Van Winkel" in the future.
As you may know Buffalo Trace has bought the W.L. Weller brand and recipe. You may also not know that BT has been distilling this recipe for quite some time now.
Although I have no tangible proof I do know that this is the very same recipe that is shipped to Virginia and doubled off and bottled as 'Virginia Gentleman' brand bourbon.
Big BIG congratulations to Julian, Preston & all the Buffalo Trace crew!
Good Work Men!
Have Shotglass. Will Travel.