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In 1893, Julian Pappy Van Winkle Sr. began working as a traveling salesman for the W.L. Weller & Sons Company in Louisville, Kentucky. Weller & Sons was a liquor wholesaler, and sold bourbon behind various labels, including Old Fitzgerald and Rebel Yell. After the turn of the century, Van Winkle purchased Weller & Sons Co., together with the Stitzel Distillery (the distillery produced most of the bourbons sold by the wholesaler), and merged the two companies together.
While Prohibition forced most distilleries to close their doors soon thereafter, Van Winkle was granted a license to continue operating his distillery and producing whiskey for medicinal purposes. By the time of his death in 1966 (at the age of 91), Van Winkle was the oldest active distiller in the country.
This Van Winkle Bourbon cuts as close to barrel proof as possible. Just a splash of Kentucky limestone well-water and this Whiskey is ready for bottling. This whiskey is as smooth with rich copper hues, and a compellingly sweet palate. It’s a big, bold, aged bourbon that has great balance for its high proof and flavor.
Sweet, spicy, and caramel-nut-fudge aromas.The palate is fruity, medium-to full-bodied with intense dried fruit and toasted nutty notes. The finish is long, bold and peppery, followed by floral honey and charred barrel flavors.