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Forget Pappy- Best Alternative Whiskeys to Pappy Van Winkle 

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Pappy Van Winkle is the stuff of legends as it is in high demand; it is no surprise that the bottles are being traded on the internet for exorbitant sums of money. Whiskey fans become a little excited when they think they’ll come across a bottle. But for bourbon fans, it’s challenging to find a single drop. For them, hang in there and spend hundreds of dollars to purchase a bottle of the amber elixir on the black market.

Besides Pappy, Is there any other whiskey easier to find with better flavor? Sure, keep your wallet at the ready; so many whiskies compete with it in taste—and clout. But since whiskey is so hot right now, it might be impossible to predict which bottles will be snatched up quickly. That’s the hope.

Russell’s Reserve Single Rickhouse Camp Nelson C

Brand Master: Distiller Jimmy Russel

Retailing: 750mL for $250

Russell’s Reserve Single Rickhouse Camp Nelson C

Russell’s Reserve — an offshoot of Wild Turkey, is now marking these storied warehouses with a new annual limited-edition series named Single Rickhouse. The initial release comes from Camp Nelson, a seven-story warehouse made from timber and tin on the top of a hill next to the Kentucky River that has been on floors 3 and 4 for over 10 years.

His son Jimmy, Eddie Russell- the Master Distiller at his father’s namesake label- picked the barrels out, and grandson Bruce. Single Rickhouse bourbon whiskey is complemented by caramel, vanilla, oak on the nose, and definite heat. Gracing the palate are toffee, vanilla notes, and coconut, which give way to apple, chocolate, pecan, and a baking spice finish. The first bottles of this 2022 expression from Russell’s Reserve have already been given to Eastern Kentucky flood victims.

GlenDronach Grandeur

Brand Master: Brown-Forman

Purchased by: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee

Retailing: $800

GlenDronach Grandeur

GlenDronach is a superb combo of honey-drenched dates and juicy raisins that gently ebb with orange blossom, mint, and cracked black pepper. Looking at its vibrant palate captures a pack of classic sherry cask features. It consists of the sweetness of dark chocolate and treacle toffee with rum-soaked golden sultanas and refines rich espresso.

The mixture of Toasted almonds and Hints of glazed cherries perfectly complete the seductive nose. The 2022 release is Batch 11, aged 28 years in oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, and bottled at 48.9% ABV. Batch 11 is the 2022 release, bottled at 48.9% ABV after spending 28 years in oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry barrels.

Lagavulin 12-Year-Old (2022 Special Release)

Owned By: Diageo, a multinational beverage alcohol company in London

Retailing: 750ml-$142.99

Lagavulin 12-Year-Old (2022 Special Release)

Lagavulin is widely known for creating some of the most intense, rich, and smoky single malt whiskies. Lagavulin 2022 Special Release is a 12-year-old Islay single malt Scotch bottled at 114.6 proof after maturing in American oak virgin and refill casks. It has a good balance of sweetness and spice with a good amount of those coveted and potent peat smoke flavors. In Diageo’s 2022 Special Edition lineup, the distillery explores the boundaries of taste and aromas in whisky.

Knob Creek 18-Year-Old

Produced By: Beam Suntory

Retailing: 750ml- $170

Knob Creek 18-Year-Old

 

Like Knob Creek’s regular 12-year and limited-edition 15-year bottling, Beam’s small batch lineup released an 18-year-old Knob Creek bottling as a 100-proof offering. Knob Creek 18 is unfiltered with solid flavor and refined character. In mild temperatures, you can see slight cloudiness, which proves floc and haze; 100 proof is 100% as it should be.

The Last Drop Drew Mayville’s Signature Blend

Produced By: Drew’s Blend

Retailing: $3,999

The Last Drop Drew Mayville’s Signature Blend

The Last Drop launched the world’s most remarkable spirits, SECOND SIGNATURE BLEND, with its matchless palate and a veritable treasure trove of vintage whiskeys from the Buffalo Trace Distillery, creating a solid blend. The creator created multiple combinations of these spirits that bear his signature. Bottled at 121.4 proof, Drew left this high-proof blend unfiltered and uncut to maximize its flavor and complexity. It combines bourbons made with rye whiskey, rye, and wheat.

Little Book Chapter 6

Produced by: Noe Distillery

Retailing: $124.99

Little Book Chapter 6

Little Book is a blend of whiskeys that variates yearly and consist of domestic category and Canadian liquid in every course. Noe’s grandfather, a Booker, is the creator of his namesake barrel-proof Booker’s, who is a bourbon legend. Chapter 6 is innovative and entirely different from previous whiskeys in the series. Each Little Book whiskey has a unique finish via stave or smoke. The final blend consists of: straight malt whiskey finished in hickory smoked barrels. The whiskey is bottled at a cask strength of 117.45 proof.

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