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Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye VWFRR Release Age Distillate

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    February 20, 2021 5:13 PM PST

    Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye VWFRR Release Age Distillate

    The production of "Pappy" Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye (VWFRR) has changed three times so far over the years since its first release in 1998.  Not only has the production distllery changed, but also the age of the distillate from 1998-2004 when Julian Van Winkle III kept the rye in barrels stored at his facility. Bottling has also changed from Lawerenceburg (Old Commonwealth) to Frankfort (Buffalo Trace/Sazerac) in 2002 when Old Rip Van Winkle Co agreed on a production deal with Buffal Trace. In order to try and orgaize all this info and the changing of info with each release we have put together a comprehensive table with info for each yearly VWFRR release.

    Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye Release & Info Table:

    Year Letter Code Age Distillate Distillery Info
    1998 None 13 100% Medley Only in Japan
    1999 A 14 100% Medley 1st US Release
    2000 B 15 100% Medley  
    2001 C 16 100% Medley  
    2002 D 17 100% Medley Bottling Moved from Lawrenceburg to Frankfort
    2003 E 18 100% Medley  
    2004 F 19 Bernheim Now Blended with Medley Distillate Put in Steel Tanks (Stop Aging)
    2005 G 19 Bernheim + Medley Mix  
    2006 H 19 Bernheim + Medley Mix  
    2007 I 19 Bernheim + Medley Mix  
    2008 A 19 Bernheim + Medley Mix Also Has a Date Code from Buffalo Trace
    2009 A 19 Bernheim + Medley Mix "J"
    2010 B 19 Bernheim + Medley Mix  
    2011 B 19 Bernheim + Medley Mix  
    2012 C ≥13 Bernheim + Medley Mix + Buffalo Trace *
    2013 D ≥13 Bernheim + Medley Mix + Buffalo Trace *
    2014 E ≥13 Bernheim + Medley Mix + Buffalo Trace *
    2015 F ≥13 Bernheim + Medley Mix + Buffalo Trace *
    2016 Z ≥13 Bernheim + Medley Mix + Buffalo Trace * Last of the Tanked Mix (Medley + Bernheim)
    2017 - - - **No Release in 2017
    2018 ....A*** 13 100% Buffalo Trace *** Letter Comes After the Numbers
    2019 ? 13 100% Buffalo Trace ^ No Bottle Numbers at All 
    2020 ^ 13 100% Buffalo Trace ^ No Bottle Numbers at All 
    2021 ^ 13 100% Buffalo Trace ^ No Bottle Numbers at All 
    2022 ^ 13 100% Buffalo Trace ^ No Bottle Numbers at All 

      *  = Rumored to have increasing amounts of Buffalo Trace distillate added to the mix

    **  = Not Released in 2017

    *** =Releases now have the letters come after the numbers, not before

     ^  = No bottle number was used

    This table is to help identify what year your Van Winkle Family Reserve rye is. You can see the distillate used and the age for your bottling ID. Here you can find all the info need for your pappy rye whiskey. 

     

     


    This post was edited by admin at February 20, 2021 5:19 PM PST