Pappy Alert: Blind Donkey Will Pour the Holy Grail of Whiskies

You’ll finally be able to cross this one off your booze bucket list with Pappy 23 Year available for the bargain price of $50 an ounce

Have you given up on ever tasting Pappy van Winkle, what’s been touted as the Holy Grail of whiskies? The bourbon is so rare and highly sought after, with only 7,000 to 8,000 cases made each year, that whiskey scalpers have been known to charge as much as $2,600 for the 23-year-old. Even empty bottles are listed for $400 on eBay. But during a tasting this Thursday, Pasadena’s Blind Donkey will be selling its recently got Pappy booty.

The bar scored an allocation straight from the source as a thanks for how much booze it moved throughout the year. Apparently, it’s been a really great year for both Blind Donkey locations.

Here’s the lineup of what you can taste, including the price for each 1-ounce pour.

Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year, $50
Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year, $40
Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year, $30
Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year, $20
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year, $12

A bottle of the 23-year usually retails for $2,480, says Blind Donkey’s social media and community manager Phil Merkow, “which means our markup is lower than retail.” For comparison, a place like Seven Grand has been known to charge $230 for a pour of the 23-year. “Because of their rarity, retailers do not adhere to suggested retail. We’re confident that we have the lowest pour prices in L.A.,” says Merkow.

Blind Donkey will also offer other limited pours like Eagle Rare 17 Year and Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye during the tasting event.

redarrow The Blind Donkey, 53 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626-792-1833