Gift Guide, Day 4

December 1, 2010

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve

I had the terrible misfortune of discovering the world’s best Bourbon 22 years ago, right before I became pregnant. I bought myself a few bottles, which sat there, mocking me, for the entire 9 months.

The Van Winkles age their Bourbons longer than other people. Some people swear by the 23 year old, but to me it seems more like Cognac than a great American liquor. The 20 year old, on the other hand, is the sexiest, smoothest, most delicious drink there is. It can stand up to full-flavored foods (it has the ability to make even mediocre barbecue taste great), while being subtle enough to enhance delicate dishes. And a single splash will improve any stew.

Pappy’s not easy to find, but the website offers some help. If you really love someone, you’ll seek it out. They will be yours forever.

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