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How far are you willing to drive for a chance at Pappy Van Winkle?

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If you're a bourbon lover, you may familiar with the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. 

You may also be familiar with lotteries that take place when Van Winkle bourbons are released. Earlier this year, we reported on a lottery held by The Party Source in northern Kentucky (that has since concluded).

Our partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer are now reporting stores in Louisville, Lexington and central and southern Kentucky will have a raffle until the morning of Dec. 9, with the Georgetown location offering the shortest drive for Cincinnati-area residents.

Here's what the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery says under it's "How To Find Our Whiskeys" section:

We only release stock once per year, because we’re a small company. On October 1, we tell our wholesalers how many bottles they’ll receive. From there, they determine which retailers get that inventory, and distribute accordingly. So it often hits shelves anywhere from mid-October to early December. US Federal law prohibits direct sale of distilled spirits, so we can’t sell it ourselves. Because we don’t control which retailers receive our stock, we can’t track inventory at a retailer level. The list below will help you find retailers that are likely to receive stock, but we can’t know for certain.

Known for their smoother and sweeter flavor due to their wheat recipe versus a traditional rye recipe found in most bourbons, Van Winkle bourbons are aged years longer than most others and garner an impeccable reputation among connoisseurs.

The 13-Year-Old Van Winkle Reserve Rye will not be released this year.

“We have a one year gap in barrel inventory for the Van Winkle Rye. Our current barrels are 12 years old. So rather than compromise on quality or remove the age statement, we decided it would be best to hold off this year and bottle them next year as the 13 Year Old Rye Whiskey fans have come to expect,” said Kris Comstock, senior marketing director.

The Van Winkle collection consists of several whiskeys. Suggested retail prices from the company are as follows:

  • $59.99 - Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Bourbon 10 Year Old 107 proof
  • $69.99 - Van Winkle Special Reserve Bourbon 12 Year Old
  • $99.99 - Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old
  • $169.99 - Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 20 Year Old
  • $269.99 - Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 23 Year Old

“Unfortunately we do not control the pricing retailers charge, so many retailers mark it up, even though we ask them not to,” said Julian Van Winkle, president, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. “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 and hope retailers will honor what we suggest as retail pricing.”

All of the Van Winkle’s whiskey production now takes place at Buffalo Trace Distillery under the same strict guidelines the family has always followed.

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