- Written by Mike Raymond
Each year at this time, a rare, top-rated bourbon called “Pappy” hits the market. But unless you’re a well-connected collector, retailer or bar owner, you’re unlikely to catch even a glimpse of the exotic amber elixir: Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve.
The 23-year-old bourbon (an almost unheard of vintage) has won top awards in all the major whiskey competitions. It’s made with corn and wheat as opposed to corn and rye, and the taste, they say, is heavenly. That is, if you can get a taste. Supplies are that tight. Equally rare are Pappy’s other bourbon vintages.
Downtown Houston bar Reserve 101 has somehow managed to acquire a small batch of Pappy—including the 23-year vintage—for customers seeking a special holiday treat. But it won’t last long. When it’s gone, it’s gone… until next year, when Pappy’s will be just as hard to find.
Reserve 101 is located downtown at the corner of Caroline and Dallas, next to Dirt Bar and across from House of Blues. Stop in and ask for owners Mike Raymond or Steve Long, and maybe—if you’re not naughty but nice—you might just be able to get your hands – and lips – on a shot of the elusive Pappy.
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- BRAND AMBASSADOR FREDDY MAY LEADS COMPLIMENTARY GLENFIDDICH TASTING NOV. 8 AT RESERVE 101
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- JOSE CUERVO TEQUILAS COMPLIMENTARY TASTING TUESDAY, AUG. 2, AT RESERVE 101
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