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Pappy Van Winkle Almost Impossible To Find But Reserve 101 Has It Now

WORLD’S BEST BOURBON?

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.

Cardhu, Clynelish & Caol Ila Single Malts Complimentary Tasting at Reserve 101 Tuesday, Nov 29th

Three “Secret Single Malts”

Downtown bar Reserve 101 presents three little-known single malts Cardhu, Clynelish and Caol Ila at a complimentary tasting of Classic Malts from Diageo, the world’s largest premium spirits business, on Tuesday, Nov. 29th, at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited; register at http://reserve101.com/whiskey-tastings-houston.

“These single malts may not be known to many Houstonians; our mission is to introduce discerning whiskey lovers to brands they may not have tried, and these excellent brands certainly fit the bill,” said Reserve 101 co-owner and whiskey expert Mike Raymond.



Cardhu is a Speyside distillery founded by whiskey smuggler John Cumming in 1824 in Scotland’s Speyside region. Cumming’s wife sold bottles of the single malt to passers by through their farmhouse window. It was rebuilt in 1885 on a new plot of land and production tripled. Much of the whiskey was sold to Johnnie Walker and Sons for blending. The distillery was sold to Johnnie Walker in 1893, but the Cumming family continued to operate it until World War II.

The Clynelish Distillery, located in the Highland village of Brora, Sutherland, was founded in 1872. The distillery has had a longstanding relationship with Johnnie Walker and Sons; much of its production is used in blending Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve. Clynelish single malt is aged 15 years.

Caol Ila is a peaty Islay single malt. The distillery was founded in 1846 on a site overlooking the strait between Islay and Jura. It was closed during World War II due to a shortage of barley, reopening in 1945. The distillery was demolished in 1972 and rebuilt; production resumed in 1974. In addition to being sold as single malt, Caol Ila whiskey is used in blending Johnnie Walker and Black Bottle Scotch. It has won numerous top awards in international spirits competitions.

Reserve 101, “not your daddy’s whiskey bar,” is located at the corner of Caroline and Dallas, next to Dirt Bar and across from House of Blues. It won the “People’s Choice” award for best bar atmosphere in this year’s Houston Press “Best of Houston” competition, has the finest whiskey selection in the Southwest, with 200 varieties of popular and small-batch, hard-to-find whiskeys from around the world, and is expanding its whiskey portfolio to 300 brands.

The downtown Houston bar will begin to offer evening food service this winter in an arrangement with Bernie’s Burger Bus owner Justin Turner. It has an events room ideally suited for holiday parties and other private gatherings. The neighborhood establishment is also known for its Signature Cocktails and infusions, organic material steeped in liquor to impart distinctive flavors.

“Happy Hour,” with dollar-off beers and wines and half-price signature cocktails runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday with specials just about every day of the week, including Sundays.

More information about Reserve 101 and whiskeys is available by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BRAND AMBASSADOR FREDDY MAY LEADS COMPLIMENTARY GLENFIDDICH TASTING NOV. 8 AT RESERVE 101

Join Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador Freddy May for a special Tuesday Tasting of 18-, 21-, 30- and 40-year-old single malts on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at downtown bar Reserve 101. Register for the complimentary tasting at http://reserve101.com/whiskey-tastings-houston.

“Glenfiddich is one of the last remaining family-owned distilleries in Scotland. It was the first to export single malts commercially in the early 1960s,” said Reserve 101 co-owner and whiskey expert Mike Raymond. “Many single malt lovers started with Glenfiddich. Here’s a chance for our customers to try some of the brand’s top whiskeys.”

The Glenfiddich Distillery is located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. The name means “valley of the deer” in Gaelic. Built by hand in 1886 by founder William Grant and his nine children, the distillery today produces the world’s most awarded single malt. First production was on Christmas Day in 1887.

Reserve 101, “not your daddy’s whiskey bar,” is located at the corner of Caroline and Dallas, next to Dirt Bar and across from House of Blues. It won the “People’s Choice” award for best bar atmosphere in this year’s Houston Press “Best of Houston” competition and, has the finest whiskey selection in the Southwest, with 200 varieties of popular and small-batch, hard-to-find whiskeys from around the world. Reserve 101 is expanding its whiskey portfolio to 300 brands.

The downtown Houston bar will begin to offer evening food service this Fall in an arrangement with Bernie’s Burger Bus owner Justin Turner. It has an events room ideally suited for holiday parties and other private gatherings. The neighborhood establishment is also known for its Signature Cocktails and infusions, organic material steeped in liquor to impart distinctive flavors.

“Happy Hour,” with dollar-off beers and wines and half-price signature cocktails runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday with specials just about every day of the week, including Sundays.

More information about Reserve 101 and whiskeys is available by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

DALWHINNIE, TALISKER & CRAGGANMORE SINGLE MALT COMPLIMENTARY TASTING AT RESERVE 101 TUESDAY, NOV. 15

Downtown bar Reserve 101 presents its second complimentary tasting of Classic Malts from Diageo, the world’s largest premium spirits business, on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The tasting will feature Talisker, Dalwhinnie and Cragganmore whiskeys. Register to participate at: http://reserve101.com/whiskey-tastings-houston.

“These are great single malts from different regions of Scotland. Talisker was author Robert Louis Stevenson’s favorite whiskey, immortalized in his poem, The Scotsman’s Return from Abroad, as ‘the king o’ drinks,’” said Reserve 101 co-owner and whiskey expert Mike Raymond.

Talisker, the only distillery on the Scottish Isle of Skye, was founded in 1830 and opened the following year. When the lease was negotiated for renewal with Clan MacLeod in 1892, the annual payment was set at £23.12 plus a 10-gallon cask of best-quality Talisker.

Dalwhinnie Distillery is located in the Scottish Highland village of the same name. It was founded in the late 1890s as the Strathspey Distillery. Dalwhinnie means “meeting place,” referring to the junction of ancient cattle drovers’ routes through the mountains. The distillery was closed during World War II due to a shortage of barley, but reopened in 1947. Only 10 percent of the production is marketed as single malt, the bulk being used in Black & White Scotch blends.

Cragganmore, founded in 1869, is produced in the village of Ballindalloch in Banffshire, Scotland. The distillery’s second-distillation stills are unique in that they are relatively short, with a flat top, which affect the whiskey’s taste and aroma. Cragganmore has won numerous awards in international spirits competitions.

Reserve 101, “not your daddy’s whiskey bar,” is located at the corner of Caroline and Dallas, next to Dirt Bar and across from House of Blues. It won the “People’s Choice” award for best bar atmosphere in this year’s Houston Press “Best of Houston” competition, has the finest whiskey selection in the Southwest, with 200 varieties of popular and small-batch, hard-to-find whiskeys from around the world, and is expanding its whiskey portfolio to 300 brands.

The downtown Houston bar will begin to offer evening food service this Fall in an arrangement with Bernie’s Burger Bus owner Justin Turner. It has an events room ideally suited for holiday parties and other private gatherings. The neighborhood establishment is also known for its Signature Cocktails and infusions, organic material steeped in liquor to impart distinctive flavors.

“Happy Hour,” with dollar-off beers and wines and half-price signature cocktails runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday with specials just about every day of the week, including Sundays.

More information about Reserve 101 and whiskeys is available by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

CHIVAS REGAL 12-, 18-, 25-YEAR WHISKEY FEATURED IN RESERVE 101 COMPLIMENTARY TASTING NOV. 1

Luxury Chivas Regal 25 “lost” for nearly 90 years

Downtown whiskey bar Reserve 101 will hold a complimentary tasting of world-renowned Chivas Regal 12-, 18-, and the “lost” 25-year-old vintage of the blended Scotch Whiskey, on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited; register in advance at: http://reserve101.com/whiskey-tastings-houston.

Chivas Regal is an icon in the world of blended Scotch whiskey. It was introduced to America as the world’s first luxury 25-year-old blended Scotch whiskey in 1909, and thrived until 1919 when Prohibition shut down the top Chivas market, killing the product. Reintroduced in 2007 by Master Blender Colin Scott, the “lost luxury whiskey” has made a strong comeback.

“Reserve 101’s selection of over 200 premium whiskeys wouldn’t be complete without Chivas Regal,” said the bar’s co-owner, whiskey expert Mike Raymond. “Most Scotch lovers are familiar with Chivas 12 and 18, both great whiskeys, but Chivas 25 is truly something special.”

Chivas Regal dates to 1801, when brothers James and John Chivas opened a food emporium in Aberdeen, Scotland, catering to Europe’s elite. James began putting up casks of fine single malts in the shop’s cellar. In 1843, the brothers received the first of many royal warrants, supplying goods to Queen Victoria. At the time, many whiskeys were un-aged and unrefined. In the 1850s, James became a blending pioneer, mixing single malts from all over Scotland and aging them in oak casks to produce a style pleasing to Europe’s more discerning customers. When a blight attacked French vineyards in the 1880s, supplies of wine, brandy, port and sherry were crippled and drinkers turned to Scotch as an alternative… and Chivas Regal became a sought-after libation. The rest is history.

Reserve 101—“not your daddy’s whiskey bar”—is located at the corner of Caroline and Dallas, next to Dirt Bar and across from House of Blues. The bar has the finest whiskey selection in the nation, with over 200 varieties of popular and small-batch, hard-to-find whiskeys from around the world. It received the “People’s Choice” award from customers for best bar ambiance in this year’s Houston Press “Best of Houston” competition.

Reserve 101 is expanding its whiskey portfolio to 300 brands and plans to offer evening food service later this fall. The neighborhood establishment is also famous for its Signature Cocktails and infusions, organic material steeped in liquor to impart distinctive flavorings.

“Happy Hour,” with dollar-off beers and wines and half-price signature cocktails runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday with specials just about every day of the week, including Sundays.

More information about Reserve 101 and whiskeys is available by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .