Pappy Van Winkle

Buffalo Trace Distillery

If you’re into spirits, you’ve almost certainly heard of Pappy Van Winkle, which is produced at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. The sought-after bourbon is coveted by collectors everywhere.

William Heavenhill 12-Year Barrel Proof

Heaven Hill Distillery

Aside from Pappy Van Winkle, Heaven Hill is the first to come to mind when talking about ultra-exclusive bottles. “William Heavenhill 12-Year Barrel Proof is damn near impossible to get, no matter who you know,” Slater says.

It comes as no real surprise, though, that Heaven Hill shares this commonality with Pappy given that the two share historical and familial ties (in 1999, Heaven Hill acquired the Old Fitzgerald brand, which had historically been produced by the Van Winkle family).

Slater also calls out William Larue Weller, which is “as rare, if not more so, than the Pappy line,” she says. W.L. Weller and Pappy Van Winkle are also related in that the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery owns and produces both brands.

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