Ten of the most expensive spirits launches of 2017

29th August, 2017 by Annie Hayes

Old Rip Van Winkle 25 Year Old

Price: £1,387 (US$1,800)
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery launched its “especially rare” wheated 25-year-old Van Winkle Bourbon in February – a total of 11 barrels yielding 710 bottles.

The liquid was distilled in 1989 at the Van Winkle family distillery in Kentucky, and the barrels were purposefully aged on the lower levels of a warehouse until 2002, when they were relocated the Buffalo Trace Distillery. They remained in a similar location within the warehouse to preserve the Boubon’s “sweet, mellow” notes.

The barrels continued to age for a further 12 years before the Buffalo Trace team transferred them into stainless steel tanks to halt the ageing process.

Each decanter is packaged in a wooden box made from the oak staves from the barrels that held the Bourbon, and comes with a certificate of authenticity, numbered and signed by Julian Van Winkle, grandson of founder Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle, Sr.

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