Sazerac announced its annual Van Winkle releases for 2017 today, with one bottle in particular missing from the lineup.
There will be no Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye released this year. Sazerac indicated that due to a gap in barrel inventory, the Van Winkle Rye barrels they have are currently 12 years old. Rather than alter the age statement or compromise quality, the company decided to forgo bottling any this year.
As for the 2017 Van Winkle Bourbons, Buffalo Trace’s suggested prices are as follows (But good luck finding these prices out in the wild):
- $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.”
Bottles will hit stores starting in November, but it probably goes without saying that supplies will be very limited. Happy Hunting!
Images courtesy of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery website