A Taste of Unobtainium
A Taste of Unobtainium
Thanks to our new partnerships with Premier Real Estate, along with our media sponsor Robb Report, tickets are now $1500.
“We are excited to be able to offer something so unique and rare for our most devoted fans. This is a once in a lifetime offering and the beautiful decanter and wooden box just take it to the next level and make it something in which I’m very proud to be associated.”
- Julian Proctor Van Winkle III, President, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery
An evening of Unobtainium, sponsored by Aston Martin, is an exclusive opportunity to experience a vertical Pappy Van Winkle flight of the 12yo, 15yo, 20yo, 23yo, and the unobtainable Old Rip Van Winkle 25. These rare bottles will be presented by Langley Social Club Founder Neille Caroline and Josh Peters of The Whiskey Jug, with food pairings by Barbara Jean Restaurant Founder, Chef Jason Fullilove.
The Welcome Cocktail: The Ripcord
Created by Master Mixologist Jeremy Lake is made with the Pappy Van Winkle 12yo, honey, pear, angostura bitters, and citrus oil and served up with a citrus and pear garnish.
Paired with six specially crafted hors d’oeuvres, including foie gras terrine, bruléed Hamachi, baby Peruvian potato fondant, grass-fed Australian lamb chops, Ora King salmon and a parting gift of a small assortment of delectable cookies, the range of whiskey will provide guests a knowledge of bourbon unparalleled by other experiences.
When & Where:
A Taste of Unobtainium will take place from 7PM-10PM on Friday, August 18 at an exclusive location high above downtown Los Angeles. Details are available only after ticket purchase.
Langley Social is LA’s premier members only Scotch Lifestyle Club. We tailor experiences for our discerning clientele by curating events and partnering with quality lifestyle brands to deliver a higher standard in libations, education, and entertainment.
Neille Caroline is the Langley Social Club Founder and Langley Go App Creator. She is a Whiskey Expert, Lifestyle Influencer, a Connoisseur, and Whiskey Educator who, for more than eight years, has traveled the globe following her passion for whiskey. Neille focuses on teaching individuals how to taste whiskey in three sips with the Pledge, the Turn, and the Prestige as well as providing pairing recommendations based upon one’s palate and personal preferences.
Josh Peters is the author of The Whiskey Jug, one of the top whisk(e)y review sites in America. When he isn't tasting and writing about new whiskies he's hosting tastings and classes for companies as well as the SoCal Whiskey Club.
Jeremy Lake is an award-winning mixologist based in Los Angeles. Lake and his spiritous concoctions have been featured in several multimedia outlets including Imbibe Magazine, The Tasting Panel, LAMagazine.com, Liquor.com, and Forbes.com. He's managed renowned LA-based cocktail programs including James Beard nominated Rivera Restaurant, Crossroads Kitchen, Playa, and Sotto. Jeremy is currently the bar program director at Rosaliné Restaurant, Co-Proprietor of Lost Property Bar and national brand ambassador for Ascendant Spirits distillery.
A passion for the culinary arts has taken Chef Jason Fullilove from his home in Ohio to the glitz and glamour of New York, the rhythms and spices of the Caribbean, and now to the fresh food capital of the universe: California. He has served as Executive Chef for Mark Peel at Campanile/Tar Pit as well as special events for Michelin starred Patina Restaurant Group where he served as Executive Chef for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Chef Fullilove has been featured on The Food Network, The Cooking Channel, Esquires Network and CBS The Talk. He's also been featured in Angeleno Magazine, 805 Magazine, LA Magazine, EaterLA, LAist, International Business Times, Sunset Magazine, LA Times Chef of the Moment, and has several chef tutorials on saltedTV.com.
More about Old Rip Van Winkle 25yo:
The barrels were distilled in the spring and fall of 1989 and stored on the lower levels of a metal clad warehouse built in 1935 at the Van Winkle family distillery in Shively, KY.
In 2002 the barrels were moved to Buffalo Trace Distillery, where they continued to age for another 12 years on the lower floors in Buffalo Trace’s brick warehouses. The lower floor placement helped preserve the sweet, mellow notes of the world-famous wheated bourbon recipe. In 2014 the Buffalo Trace team moved the barrels into stainless steel tanks to halt the aging process and preserve the rich flavor profile fans have come to expect from the Van Winkle line.
The whiskey inside these bottles has had an interesting life. According to Buffalo Trace, the barrels, “were distilled in the spring and fall of 1989 and stored on the lower levels of a metal clad warehouse built in 1935 at the Van Winkle family distillery in Shively, Kentucky. In 2002 the barrels were moved to Buffalo Trace Distillery, where they continued to age for another 12 years on the lower floors in Buffalo Trace’s brick warehouses.”
That means, for the dedicated Pappy fans out there, that these barrels are original stock from the "old" distillery — a big boon for collectors. “We are excited to be able to offer something so unique and rare for our most devoted fans,” said Julian Van Winkle, president of the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, in a press release.
These extra special bottles deserve an extra special vessel, so each bottle is a handmade glass decanter from Glencarin Crystal Studio. The bottle information is engraved on each decanter, individually numbered, and hand finished with a silver stopper. A glass top for the decanter is also included.
Each decanter is packaged in a handmade wooden box crafted in North Carolina by James Broyhill II of Heritage Handcrafted. The lid is constructed using the oak staves from the 11 barrels that held this bourbon. The outside of the box bears a metal plaque with the Old Rip Van Winkle logo and states “asleep 25 years in the wood.” Inside each box, along with the decanter and glass top, is a bourbon certificate of authenticity, numbered and signed by Julian Proctor Van Winkle III, grandson of original founder Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle, Sr.