The distillery that brought the world Pappy Van Winkle, one of the most sought-after bourbons in the world, is planning to sell an even more exclusive version of the spirit.
Coming in at just $1,800 per bottle (retail, not second hand), the 100-proof 25-year Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon was conceived and distilled back when Ronald Reagan was still president and mobile phones were still exclusively tethered to fancy cars. For the first 13 years of its life, Old Rip sat inside the Van Winkle distillery in Shively, Kentucky. Then it was relocated to the Buffalo Trace distillery for another 12 years before being placed into stainless steel tanks back in 2014, a process designed to stop the bourbon from aging.
Once bottled, Old Rip is stored inside an individually numbered, handmade glass decanter that comes with its own glass. The decanter is then nestled into a handmade wooden box featuring a lid constructed with oak from the barrels the bourbon was aged in. Each is also getting a metal plaque that reads, “Asleep 25 years in wood,” and buyers will find a certificate of authenticity inside.
“We are excited to be able to offer something so unique and rare for our most devoted fans,” Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery President Julian Van Winkle said in an advisory. “This is a once in a lifetime offering and the beautiful decanter and wooden box just take it to the next level and make it something in which I’m very proud to be associated.”
Look for the bottles starting in April.