Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
If you’ve ever had a favorite tailor (or indie band, or vintage shop) that suddenly got discovered by the masses, you know how important it is that some secrets get kept. Some things are just too good to share with everybody and his brother, too good to be found on every corner. That’s the philosophy behind Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon, anyhow. Producing only enough to meet an estimated one-tenth of the demand, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery is good and knows it, too. In fact, it’s aged for 20 years and was given a rating of 99/100 in the World’s Spirits Championships. But if you want to try this treasure, you’re going to have to do your homework (and some legwork)— just make sure nobody sees you.