Every year, around the same time in fall, whiskey fanatics rejoice as the folks behind the highly coveted Pappy Van Winkle brand, The Sazerac Company, announce their releases for the year. Well, that time is now and this year’s lineup is expectedly brilliant.
Truth be told — both in variety and style — this year’s bourbon lineup is more of the same. Luckily, in the case of Pappy, that’s a very, very good thing. There is, however, one very important note that differentiates the 2019 offerings from the previous ones: some of the bottles are going to be severely limited as the barrels yielded fewer bottles thanks to a lengthy aging process. In order of ascending MSRP, the 2019 lineup includes Old Rip Van Winkle 10-Year-Old Bourbon, Old Rip Van Winkle Special Reserve Bourbon 12-Year-Old, Old Rip Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13-Year-Old, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 15-Year-Old, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 20-Year-Old, and Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 23-Year-Old. Prices range from $70 to $300 — but you’d better act quickly because they’re guaranteed not to last.