Pete Yorn 4/16 at 12pm

Bytes, Bars and Bands: The mysterious Pappy Van Winkle whiskey

No Name and Doug discuss the story of the Pappy Van Winkle whiskey master distiller, whose bourbon now is a unicorn, if you will, in the whiskey world. Pappy Van Winkle’s origin story is steeped in what No Name likes to call “old-timey” folklore – cheating wives, duels at railroad tracks, and murder. It’s the story not printed on their labels and left out of tours at the present-day distillery.

Buzz around this limited-quantity whiskey didn’t end in the 1900s. But many of us might never get to try the master distiller’s work: a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve retails between $80 and $250, and $750 to over $5,000 aftermarket. There’s a lottery system in place to improve the odds for those trying to get their hands on one of the 7,000-8,000 cases of Family Reserve produced each year. Age also matters – even their lowest-end offering is a 15-year label, which is still more than three times as aged as Jack Daniels and Jim Beam, and twice as long as Bulleit.

Get to know the most talked about whiskey on Bytes, Bars and Bands below.

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