Bernie Lubbers aka The Whiskey Professor and Brand Ambassador at Heaven Hill (former BA at Jim Beam) is a friend who we have hung out with a bit and worked for, both via work we have done for Heaven Hill Distillery and for him personally. He contacted us earlier this week and asked if it was ok that he include us in an article he was writing.
We took 20 Pappy Van Winkle 15 year barrels apart and made custom barrel heads hand wood burned with Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery Family Reserve and a famous Pappy saying “Asleep many years in the wood.” Each came with a Certificate of Authenticity, wood burned with the barrel number, fill date and the dump date. Each Certificate and barrel head were also signed by Julian Van Winkle.
These first 40 barrel heads sold out quickly but we are looking forward to the next barrels to be dumped early next year. For more information and to get your own Pappy merchandise go to www.pappyco.com!
- Truly a unique piece! Posted by Matt S. on 22nd Nov 2013 I am extremely pleased with this barrel head. It smells of sweet pappy bourbon and will be a conversation piece for years to come .
- Finishing touch to my Pappy collection! Posted by David Sorensen on 14th Nov 2013
Received my barrel head today and could not be happier. A quality product and great addition to any bourbon bar.
- Can’t wait to see the look on his face! Posted by Julie VanWinkle on 15th Dec 2013
This is a Christmas gift for the biggest Pappy lover. I can’t wait to see the reaction when he opens it. The lid is truly hand crafted and beautiful. So nice to have Julian’s signature as well. A great collector’s item!
We use each and every part of the barrel down to the sawdust. We make each and every piece by hand. Design, hand sanding, nailing, wood burning, everything. That is what sets us apart. No one does what we do, how we do it.
It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We are flattered to death. Thank you to all of our loyal customers for standing behind us.
Our week started on Thursday at the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. Mary Ellyn Hamilton, curator, has graciously hosted us for two years. We, in turn, donate items for the Master Distiller’s Auction which is the museum’s major fundraiser for the year. While we were setting up a rather famous Kentuckian came by to say hello. Col. Michael Masters, aka “The Kentucky Bourbon Master” who has written several books on Kentucky hospitality, heritage and history. We also got to meet his beautiful wife, Margaret Sue. For more information on the Michael and Margaret Sue, visit www.kentuckybourbonhouse.com.
Another highlight from Thursday was a 20 minute visit with Jimmy Russell and his wife. Jimmy is the Master Distiller at Wild Turkey. I can’t tell you what a thrill it was hearing some of the old stories. One of the most interesting was that his wife worked at the distillery before he did and encouraged him to get a job there.
Friday, Adam Harris, North American Brand Ambassador for Jim Beam stopped by and Friday night we went by the Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace that just opened on West Flaget downtown Bardstown. DeeDee and Howard are fabulous hosts and it seems everyone loves the bar Jeff made for the tasting room. The bar top was made from wood planks recovered from the floor of the kitchen of the building built in the 1820’s and wood flooring found in the attic. It is truly a piece of art complete with wormholes.
Saturday was the Master Distiller’s Auction and the black tie event, The Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting and Gala where we got to chat with Bernie Lubbers, Brand Ambassador for Heaven Hill, Representative Rob Taylor of Iowa, Willie Pratt of Michter’s, and Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace, just to name a few.
Sunday went by in a blur but the bloody mary’s from Bloody Kentucky helped get us through the day. We also had a drawing for one of our Garden Benches made from authentic bourbon barrel staves. The winner is Stacie M. from Ft. Knox, Kentucky.
We are blessed beyond words to be doing what we love. Can’t wait until next year!
According to Fred Minnick, author, photographer and journalist, Forecastle just became bourbon’s most important festival, beating out the Kentucky Bourbon Festival because it’s hitting a whole new target market. http://fredminnick.com/forecastle-just-became-the-worlds-most-important-bourbon-festival/ And we are proud to have contributed a small part to the effort. Big thanks to Stephanie Lindsay of Green Lady Studio for having faith that we could create her vision for this years Bourbon Lodge.
Here are some answers. These links are both to wikipedia so take some of the info with a grain of salt but they are generally on the money. And yes, we have whisky (or whiskey) barrels at times and even some wine barrels!