Question: Van winkle 23

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Question: Van winkle 23

Unread postby SPM » Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:17 pm

I recently was fortunate enough to recieve (as a gift) a bottle of the Pappy Van Winkle Family reserve 23 year old bourbon
I have wanted to try this for a few years now but the cost has prohibited me from doing so,

I have a question regarding the bottling, From what I understand there are only a few thousand bottles every year (therefore the high price) the bottle I have is numbered "C14104" meaning more than 14k bottles are available?, can anyone shed some light on the numbering key to prove or disprove my assumption
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Re: Question: Van winkle 23

Unread postby vince » Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:57 am

I had read this somewhere (cant remember if it was this site or another) but my understanding is the "c" represents the bottling line, the "141" repesents that it was bottled on the 141st day of that particular year and the "04" is the year it was bottled.
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Re: Question: Van winkle 23

Unread postby silverfish » Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:40 pm

As explained at sku's site:

Example 1: K0780907:21

Example 2: N3001114:13

The first letter is the bottling line at Buffalo Trace; example 1 was the K line, and example
2 was the N line. I don't know enough about the bottling there to know if there is any real
significance that can be gleaned from the bottling line.

The second three digits indicate the day of the year that it was bottled. So example 1 was
bottled on the 78th day of the year and example 2 was bottled on the 300th day of the year.

The third two digits indicate the year - this is really the most significant piece of information.
The "09" on example 1 indicates it was bottled in 2009, so if it's Pappy 15, it would likely be
from the old Stitzel-Weller stocks. Example 2 has an "11" which indicates 2011 when they
started using Buffalo Trace bourbon.

The final four digits are the bottling time on a 24 hour clock, so example 1 was bottled at 7:21
am and example 2 was bottled at 2:13 pm (14:13).
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Re: Question: Van winkle 23

Unread postby SPM » Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:15 am

Thank you very helpful information I did find the text just under the label Very small and hard to read,
It was botteled in 2011 and being 23 yr old is certainly the SW juice.
Ill open it up and post my review
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Re: Question: Van winkle 23

Unread postby whiskey sipper » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:06 pm

The Van Winkle bourbons are not exclusively from Stitzel Weller. A few of the PVW's have had non wheaters in them.
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Re: Question: Van winkle 23

Unread postby Bourbon Joe » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:40 pm

whiskey sipper wrote:The Van Winkle bourbons are not exclusively from Stitzel Weller. A few of the PVW's have had non wheaters in them.

'The only non-wheated Van Winkles, to my knowledge, were the first release of Pappy 20 and Pappy 23. They were rye based Boone Whiskey. All the rest were wheaters.
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