A Very Van Winkle Gift Guide for a Pappy Valentine's Day
While we don’t necessarily subscribe to the notion that we need a holiday specifically designed to share our love with our loved ones - we do love a holiday that encourages it! After all, these days, we appreciate any chance to remind our loved ones just how important they are. We especially love a holiday that promotes the idea that food can be the best expression of how you feel!
Yes, a common theme - we love a holiday that is centered around sharing and enjoying food! Perhaps it also wouldn’t be a surprise to know that a common love language for us would be gifts. Usually, that is a gift unprompted. A small token of appreciation shared throughout the year just to let someone know that you are thinking of them. I guess the cat's out the bag but we keep bourbon balls on hand all year round simply for this reason.
We’ve gathered some of our favorite gifts to give - really during any season - but especially for Valentine’s Day, featuring some of our most loved Pappy Van Winkle bourbon-barrel aged treats and gourmet goodies and our beloved items crafted from our Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels.
Louise: The occasion is truly never wrong for a bourbon ball. I keep these on hand year-round to give out, or being honest, a private stash just for myself! These ere the first gourmet treat we introduced, and for good reason. The bourbon ball is an absolute Kentucky staple and forever favorite with the classic combination of chocolate, pecan and bourbon! It just so happens that our bourbon balls, handmade by our partners The Sugar Mamas Bakeshop, have a little something extra special - they are made with our Pappy Van Winkle and feature the iconic flavor of our Pappy Van Winkle 10-Year bourbon. We’ve added to our gourmet barrel-aged collection over the years and truly have something for everyone’s spicy or sweet tooth! You can also never go wrong with gifting our signature Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup!
Louise’s Valentine’s Picks:
Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-Aged Nib Brittle, Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Brittle, Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ghost Pepper Caramels, Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cacao Nib Caramel
Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-Aged Pure Maple Syrup
Carrie: For me, part of the fun of gifting is finding something a little outside of the traditional ideas. I love gifting the elements for a perfect Pappy hour. It’s fun to put together a little cocktail set featuring our Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-aged cocktail mixers, our signature glassware that has an eclectic mix of traditional and modern options and maybe a set of napkins or an ice-mold. I love to give our Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned Mixer with a jar of Orasella Cherries, or our Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-Aged Kentucky Sour Mix with a set of our glasses and give the gift of a fun, easy and delicious Pappy Hour! Our Smoked Cocktail Kit with a custom torch, set of and a is a unique all in one gift that is perfect for the cocktail lover who already has a stocked bar.
Carrie’s Valentine’s Picks:
Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned Mixer
Chenault: Finding unique gifts is my favorite thing to do, and fortunately our Made from Barrels collection is full of special treasures that are as versatile as they are beautiful and interesting. A favorite thing to give is our new barrel stave hoop tray - a hand crafted tray using our Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels and barrel hoops that pulls triple duty as a serving tray, charcuterie board, or a cutting board. Our new vases, just like our cutting board, are crafted from retired Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels. Retaining infinite charm, they are individually unique and a stunning addition to your tablescape. Use them as candle holders, vases or get creative just like I like to do! I gift our Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel Stave Smoking Chunks often, as they are unique and thoughtful. My husband is constantly using the grill and we love the extra, signature Pappy Van Winkle flavor that these smoking chunks infuse.
Chenault’s Valentine’s Picks:
Of course you really can’t go wrong with finding something that you know they will love. Think outside the box, or rather into the barrel, for creative inspiration. Of course, if chocolate isn't the way to your Valentine's heart, we do happen to believe our selection of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel Fermented premium cigars or our Pappy Van Winkle Tradition Blend, are, well better than a box of chocolates! Our limited edition Flying Pigs have landed, just in time for sharing this Valentine's Day.
Or, just leave the hard-work to us (but take all the credit, we won't tell) and select one of our curated gift sets featuring some of our favorite Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-Aged gourmet treats and more: