Good news: There will be more Old Rip Van Winkle Rye this year! Bad news: There will be less 20- and 23-year-old Pappys.
Yes, this year has been one we’d all like to forget. But the show must go on, and Pappy will be released in November, like in years past.
Everyone wants a Pappy in their collection, and I’m no different. (Quick fact: You should only refer to the Van Winkles as a “Pappy” if you’re talking about 15, 20 or 23 Year. All the others are simply called “Van Winkles.”)
And yes, you’re going to pay over asking price just about anywhere you go, if you’re even lucky enough to find one on a shelf. According to the news release that went out this morning, here are the suggested retail prices:
- $69.99 — Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Bourbon 10 Year Old 107 proof
- $79.99 — Old Rip Van Winkle Special Reserve Bourbon 12 Year Old
- $119.99 — Old Rip Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 Year Old
- $119.99 — Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old
- $199.99 — Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old
- $299.99 — Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 23 Year Old
But don’t blame producer Buffalo Trace Distillery or the Van Winkles for the crazy secondary prices.
“Unfortunately even though we suggest what we believe to be a very low and fair MSRP, we cannot control the price retailers charge, and some retailers mark it up even though we and the distributors that those retailers buy from ask them not to,” said Julian Van Winkle, president of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, in the release. “We are committed to releasing quality whiskey at a reasonable cost and we hope retailers will honor what we suggest as a fair retail price.”
Your best bet is getting in on a lottery of some sort, so just keep your eyes peeled for those.
In the meantime, there is no cure for your Pappy fever.