Old Rip Van Winkle bourbons are some of the most expensive and sought after whiskies in the United States. The famed distillery just announced plans to release a 25-year-old bourbon this spring, the oldest that it has ever produced. A 25-year bourbon from Rip Van Winkle is a highly rare offering that will likely be highly-prized by collectors. Currently, the oldest bourbon is the 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle, and that is very hard to find.
There will be just 710 bottles of the 25-year Pappy Van Winkle for sale. The reason for the limited release is because only 11 barrels of whisky meet the Old Rip Van Winkle’s standards for a 25-year-old bourbon.
The 25-year-old barrels were distilled in 1989 at the Van Winkle Family Distillery in Kentucky. They were stored on the lower level of a metal warehouse until 2002 when Buffalo Trace Distillery bought the Old Rip Van Winkle brand. Since that time, the barrels have been stored on the bottom floor of Buffalo Trace’s warehouse. The barrels were moved to stainless steel tanks in 2014 to stop the ageing process and preserve the rich flavour that fans have come to expect from Van Winkle bourbons.
The bourbon decanter is handmade glass from Glencairn Crystal Studio and has a silver stopper. Each and every decanter is hand numbered and packaged in a handcrafted wooden box by Heritage Handcrafted of North Carolina. Each package contains a certificate of authenticity that is signed by Julian Van Winkle, grandson of the founder of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery.