Old Pappy Van Winkle knows his whiskey, and the Number Ten Bottle of 23-year-old is a prime example of how potent his whiskey is. Even more intriguing, the 23-year-old bourbon from the Family Reserve is one of the distilleries rarest vintages.
The Number Ten bottle is being offered on Proxibid and was valued at USD$20,000. That’s a hefty price tag, but the bourbon is well worth it in large part because of its rarity. Bottles one through five are still in the family’s private reserves, and bottles seven, eight, and nine have all been consumed. That means you only have a chance at two bottles of this elixir.
The bourbon was distilled in Lawrenceburg, KY, before the distillery moved to the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve is the flagship bourbon distilled by the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. The company has been around since 1910, when Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle, Sr., purchased the A. Ph. Stitzel Distillery after working for fifteen years as a liquor wholesaler. Pappy used his experience and connections to get his bourbon out. Since then, there has been an almost cult-like following for the whiskey.
Even celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain (may he rest in peace) and David Chang favour the Old Rip Van Winkle brand.