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Pappy Van Winkle and Sassicaia? A Rare Offer Of America’s and Italy’s True Native Spirits
May 21, 2020



Pappy Van Winkle and Jacopo Poli-Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia: A Rare Offer of America’s and Italy’s True Native Spirits. IWM Features a Rare Collection on the Most Elusive Bourbon and Grappas!

As Grappa is to Italy, Bourbon is to America. In fact, there is nothing more American than Bourbon, our country’s only native spirit, and the United States Congress recognized as such in 1964, calling the spirit a “uniquely American product.” As many are aware, Bourbon is one of the important chapters in American history, and after decades of perfecting the craft, our signature whiskey has earned its rightful place beside the great Scotches. What you may not know is that the Bourbon craze is not just happening in the U.S., but in countries from Colombia to Estonia, which have seen a 10,000% increase in sales over the past decade. In the States, the collector market is growing as well; a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 23-Year-Old can now easily command $4,000+ a bottle, and the revolutionary single-barrel Bourbon from the immortal master distiller Elmer T. Lee has become increasingly allocated. For many of us, Pappy Van Winkle was the first serious Bourbon we tasted, and it has become a staple for many bars. Due to the recent Bourbon craze, we are now allocated a mere handful of these symbolic bottles, which makes today’s private collection offering so unique for the Memorial Day weekend.

But it does not end there. We are Italian Wine Merchants, and we take pride in our small-batch Grappa. To complement the offer, and offer some much-needed price relief, we are including Jacopo Poli-Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Grappa di Sassicaia. The icon of Grappas founded in 1898, Poli has partnered with Tenuta San Guido to release this special edition distilled from the marc of Sassicaia — 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc.

While we have to wait until September for the Kentucky Derby, you don’t have to wait long on these new arrivals from Pappy Van Winkle and Poli.
FEATURED SPIRIT: PAPPY VAN WINKLE BOURBON/RYE SELECTIONS (Click to Order)


It should also be noted that while pricing has skyrocketed for these American rarities, they remain a relative value when you consider what is happening with their brown spirit cousins: a bottle of The Macallan 60-year-old set the world record by garnering a $1.1 million price tag at auction, and a bottle of Yamazaki 60-year-old became the most expensive bottle ever sold in Japan at $343,000.

Additional Notes and Highlights:



JACOPO POLI-TENUTA SAN GUIDO SASSICAIA GRAPPA DI SASSICAIA
Grappa di Sassicaia is a distillate of Cabernet Sauvignon and a small percentage of Cabernet Franc pomace from vines within the Tenuta San Guido estate. The fresh marc is soft pressed from the skins immediately following the wine's maceration phase, and distillation begins immediately. Poli uses one of the oldest operating stills in Italy today to distill the marc with steam over a three-hour period. After the cauldron is emptied and the cycle is reinitiated, the heads and tails are eliminated so that the heart of the Grappa preserves the purest spectrum of primary aromas and flavors. The finished spirit spends four years aging in French oak barriques.

TASTING NOTES: "Grappa di Sassicaia expresses the elegant, finely structured fruit and herbal aromas of Cabernet, with the intensity of the spirit mellowed by the toast and vanilla nuances of the oak. Grappa di Sassicaia is perfect on its own at room temperature in a tulip-shaped glass. It also complements almond-based biscuits, dark chocolate or a good cigar."



PAPPY VAN WINKLE 23-YEAR
This very rare, limited edition bourbon takes generations of distilling know-how to produce. Only the most careful and expensive distilling method can be used to create a whiskey as special as this one. Each barrel ages for 23 years and is carefully selected from the heart of the warehouse. This whiskey should be enjoyed neat.
TASTING NOTES: “Early aromas of caramel and cream with soft notes of oak, nuts and leather. Features a sweet taste composed of vanilla, maple and honey joined by complementary flavors of citrus and spice. Has a long lasting oaky finish, along with many of the early flavors.”



PAPPY VAN WINKLE 20-YEAR
The #1 rated Bourbon Whiskey in the world with a 99 out of 100 rating by the World Spirits Championship. This bourbon is aged 20 years and bottled at 90.4 proof for a wonderfully smooth and rich profile. Pappy Van Winkle was a true character and like its namesake, this bourbon whiskey is full of character — quite a remarkable whiskey.

TASTING NOTES: “Intense and tantalizing. Smooth with a citrus zest note. Some sherry notes, dried fruits and vanilla. The finish is long and elegant.”



PAPPY VAN WINKLE 15-YEAR
Expressly produced according to the exclusive Van Winkle family wheated-recipe and specially selected from barrels in the heart of the aging warehouses, this bourbon remained undisturbed for 15 years to age in deep-charred heavy oak untouched by human hands, unhurried by time.

TASTING NOTES: “An elegant and sweet aroma with caramel corn and vanilla. Features big flavor of leather, oak and complex fruitiness. Finishes smooth with notes of spice and oak tannins.”



VAN WINKLE FAMILY RESERVE RYE 13-YEAR
"This 13-year breaks the mold, as it is one of the oldest rye whiskeys available today. The maturity it has achieved while aging is quite obvious when you take the first sip. It’s a truly unique and rewarding rye whiskey experience."

TASTING NOTES: “A soft nose of chestnuts, spice, vanilla and fruit. Features flavors of cocoa, vanilla, spice, and white pepper. A long, warm and complex finish with caramel and spice combined with dry oak.”

Whether you are sip it straight or place it in your favorite mint julep recipe, enjoy these benchmark Bourbons from highly collectible Pappy Van Winkle. Should you have any questions on these exciting spirits, or would like to take advantage of this offer, we are asking that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com, connect with your personal portfolio manager, or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders subject to confirmation and IWM is not responsible typographical errors on pricing.

All my best,
Chris