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The bourbon is considered a connoisseur’s dream  

Tim Nelson
November 13, 2018

Ask any bourbon baron and they’ll tell you: Pappy Van Winkle is some special stuff. Parent brand Buffalo Trace says that “only the most careful and expensive distilling method can be used to create a whiskey as special as this one.” It’s so special, in fact, that connoisseurs are willing to pay a premium, travel for miles, and even camp out just to get a taste.

Well, thankfully there’s at least one place in Lexington, Kentucky, that believes specialty bourbon shouldn’t be quite so hard to come by. The Chevy Chase Inn has decided to share in the bounty by hosting what they’re calling the very first “Pappy Thanksgiving,” selling their allotment of the special stuff at cost to as many people as they can on November 18th.

The Facebook event describes their reasoning as follows: “We could either throw a ridiculous price tag on the bottles and let them collect dust on the top shelf or be thankful that we got so much incredible bourbon and share it with all of our friends. The choice was easy!”

For as little as five bucks, guests can get a 1.5 ounce pour of ten year bourbon, ranging up to a taste of the coveted Pappy Van Winkle 20 year for $14.25. Of course, you’ll have to start lining up early to get your hands on a wristband, with everyone among the first 70 to line up guaranteed to get their taste once pouring starts at 4:30 p.m. So it still isn’t as easy as swinging by a liquor store, but given that only about 84,000 bottles a year of the entire Van Winkle line are released, it’s probably your best bet.

Given how hard Pappy is to come by and how delicious it seems to be, the Chevy Chase Inn’s move is an admirable one. Hopefully other bars outside of Kentucky (a state already flush with quality bourbon and whiskey) will follow suit. After all, as the event says, “fine bourbon should be enjoyed, not looked at.”  

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