Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last

$27.00

Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last

$27.00
As a journalist said of Pappy Van Winkle, “You could call it bourbon, or you could call it a $5,000 bottle of liquified, barrel-aged unobtanium.” Julian Van Winkle, the third-generation head of his family’s business, is now thought of as something like the Buddha of Bourbon – Booze Yoda, as Wright Thompson calls him. He is swarmed wherever he goes, and people stand in long lines to get him to sign their bottles of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, the whiskey he created to honor his grandfather, the founder of the family concern. A bottle of the 23-year-old Pappy starts at $3000 on the internet. As Julian is the first to say, things have gone completely nuts.

Forty years ago, Julian would have laughed in astonishment if you’d told him what lay ahead. He’d just stepped in to try to save the business after his father had died, partly of heartbreak, having been forced to sell the old distillery in a brutal downturn in the market for whiskey. Julian’s grandfather had presided over a magical kingdom of craft and connoisseurship, a genteel outfit whose family ethos generated good will throughout Kentucky and far beyond. There’s always a certain amount of romance to the marketing of spirits, but Pappy’s mission statement captured something real: “We make fine bourbon – at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always fine bourbon.” But now the business had hit the wilderness years, and Julian could only hang on for dear life, stubbornly committed to preserving his namesake’s legacy or going down with the ship.

Then something like a miracle happened: it turned out that hundreds of very special barrels of whiskey from the Van Winkle family distillery had been saved by the multinational conglomerate that bought it. With no idea what they had, they offered to sell it to Julian, who scrambled to beg and borrow the funds. Now he could bottle a whiskey whose taste captured his family’s legacy. The result would immediately be hailed as the greatest whiskey in the world – and would soon be the hardest to find.

But now, those old barrels were used up, and Julian Van Winkle faced the challenge of his lifetime: how to preserve the taste of Pappy, the taste of his family’s heritage, in a new age? The amazing Wright Thompson was invited to be his wingman as he set about to try. The result is an extraordinary testimony to the challenge of living up to your legacy and the rewards that come from knowing and honoring your people and your craft. Wright learned those lessons from Julian as they applied to the honest work of making a great bourbon whiskey in Kentucky, but he couldn’t help applying them to his own craft, writing, and his upbringing in Mississippi, as he and his wife contemplated the birth of their first child. May we all be lucky enough to find some of ourselves, as Wright Thompson did, in Julian Van Winkle, and in Pappyland.

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Packaging

Premium Gift Batches are shipped for free, hand packed in a kraft gift box filled with ivory gift crinkle paper inside custom Batch tissue paper and sealed with a custom sticker. Premium Gift Batches also include seasonal gift ribbon wrap and are shipped in an outer carton for added protection and spotless presentation.

Substitutions

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How We Get Ship Done

So, you're looking to order a Batch. Here's how your Batch is gonna get to where it needs to go. We have four delivery options, that YOU have the power to choose at checkout. That's a lot of power. 

After you place your order, our team of passionate packers will process and pack within 2 days (usually less than that, even - our current average fulfillment time is less than 12 hours!). You'll receive an email shipping confirmation when it's ready to head out to its final destination. 

1. I Want My Batch to be Shipped

Batch offers free standard ground shipping on all Premium curated gift batches. Additional charges apply when single items are added to the cart. Need it faster? Upgraded shipping is available at checkout. Or, keep reading to learn about local pickup in Nashville, TN.

  • Free Gift Batch Shipping
    • Comes with our Premium curated Batches
    • Takes approximately 2-7 days after shipping
    • Good for zen and thrifty gift gurus
    • USPS Priority Mail® / UPS Ground  - upgraded option
      • Charges apply
      • Arrival times vary, but an estimated transit time will appear at checkout
      • Good for people sending a lot of chocolate in the middle of July or the birthday you almost forgot about
    • UPS Next Day Air® - upgraded option
      • Charges really apply
      • Delivers next business day
      • Good for "Oh god, I forgot their birthday is tomorrow"

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    USPS Priority Map from Batch warehouse

    [ This map shows the outbound shipping transit times for packages leaving our Nashville warehouse based on USPS delivery windows ]

    2. I Want My Batch to be Shipped, Internationally

    • Batch ships to all U.S. islands and beyond--anywhere in the world we're (legally) allowed to ship.
    • International shipping rates are provided by FedEx and start at $25/shipment. 

    3. I Want My Batch Hand Delivered Locally Near Nashville

    • Only for our Nashville Neighbors within 15 miles of our Berry Hill warehouse
    • $14.99 flat fee (or free on orders of more than $99!) 
    • Local, Contactless Delivery 
    • Please include your phone number at checkout so we can reach you if our carrier cannot deliver your package. Or so we can check in and see how your day is going. 

    4. I Want to Pickup My Batch From the Warehouse

    • Free Local Pickup from Berry Hill warehouse location
    • Available 9:00am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday
    • Come by and see us (and by "us" we mean our sweet contactless pickup area)

    Batch Staff August 2021

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