Now Offering Pappy Van Winkle!!

Van Winkle Bourbons

Hard to find spirits from The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery are now at Brass Tacks!! First on the list is Pappy Van Winkle – a real rarity that is the stuff of legend. We are also carrying 12 Year Old Van Winkle Special Reserve and 10 Year Aged Old Rip Van Winkle. Demand is always outrageous for these special bourbons.
In addition to a rich family history that dates back to the late 1800s, the Van Winkles are more than just hype. Their recipe is truly what sets them apart. Each bourbon is made with corn, wheat, and, barley instead of corn, rye and, barley. This “wheated” mix gives the bourbon a softer, smoother taste and helps the whiskey age gracefully.
Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 yr
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
107 Proof
Rated 98 by the Beverage Tasting Institute
A younger version of their famous 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle’ Family Reserve, this bourbon was crafted according to the exclusive family wheated recipe. The smooth, oak flavor blends well with the barrel proof. Selected from barrels in the heart of their Kentucky warehouse, it has remained untouched for 15 years and unhurried by time.
“A whiskey connoisseur’s bonanza,…remarkable find…ranks with the best whiskeys,” Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal.
Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 yr
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
90.4 Proof
Rated 98 by the Beverage Tasting Institute
The perfect combination of age and proof. This sweet, full bodied whiskey has been described by some as “Nectar.” The 12 years of aging and medium proof of 90.4 seem to be just right in creating a very pleasant drink of whiskey. This fine bourbon can compete with any excellent cognac as an after dinner drink. The overall impression is rich and deep.
“Well crafted…elegant, stately…balanced beautifully,” Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal.
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 yr
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
107 Proof
Rated 94 by the Beverage Tasting Institute
This wonderful bourbon is bottled as close to barrel proof as possible. They add just a splash of Kentucky limestone well-water when emptying the barrels for bottling. Thus, this whiskey is as smooth as any you will find. The more water you add to whiskey from its natural barrel proof to its bottle proof, the harsher it becomes. This 107 barrel proof seems to be just right.