Buffalo Trace Warns ‘Poor Yields’ in Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons

Buffalo Trace warns consumers about the less-than-normal amount of Van Winkle bourbons this fall. The distillery said it had “poor yields” on older products, saying there will be less 15-year-old Pappy than usual and “far less” of the 20-year-old and 23-year-old. The release did not quantify how much less and officials would not divulge actual numbers. But the distillery offered its MSRP for the products with a follow up quote from Julian Van Winkle, who mentioned they’re not responsible for the fact retailers may charge more than MSRP.PappaVanWinkle23

  • $49.99 – Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Bourbon 10 Year Old 107 proof
  • $59.99 – Van Winkle Special Reserve Bourbon 12 Year Old
  • $99.99 – Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye Whiskey 13 Year Old
  • $79.99 – Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old
  • $149.99 – Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old
  • $249.99 – Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 23 Year Old

“Although a lot of retailers charge more than our suggested pricing, we are not asking them to do so,” said Julian Van Winkle, president, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, in a press release. “We have not raised prices and do not intend to do so drastically in the future. We are committed to our quality and our pricing.”

It’s great bourbon. So, if you’re willing to make a day or two of standing in line, go for it. Or you could just fly to Louisville and drink it for a nominal fee from a local bar.

The release is set for November.

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