Really enjoyed the book. Being from Louisville I can appreciate it more than most. It also helped explain how complicated the industry really is. Drink what you like and share it with your friends.
This book gives in depth information on the family behind the best bourbon in America! Wright Thompson has done a superb job portraying the ups, downs, ins, and outs of the bourbon industry while at the same time giving us insights into the Van Winkle family. He asks the questions of Julian we all seem to want to want answered about our own family and friendship situations, and ends up coming to grips with how he wants his own relationships to grow and develop. All this woven around the bourbon industry in that special Kentucky area know affectionately as Pappyland. The book has inspired me to visit my brother and wife who just moved to Lexington, and spend several days touring the sites in the book as well as all the distilleries mentioned, plus others. I am looking forward to tasting fine bourbon!
Pappyland represents the unique opportunity to peek inside the whiskey business as few outsiders ever really experience. Having spent 45 years in the wholesale beverage industry and meeting Julian over 30 years ago, the book confirmed a few things I always believed to be true. First and foremost, the business of making, marketing and selling fine Bourbon is not only full of intrigue, heartbreak and euphoric highs, it also spawned many successful companies with foundations built by, and on strong families. All this captured perfectly in Wright Thompson’s work. He is not only brilliant in his ability to capture the essence of a true piece of American history and culture but shares with us many personal experiences and feelings creating a bond between author and reader. Also true was the portrait Thompson fashions of Julian himself. It proves what I’ve also always known to be fact. Family, faith, hard work and determination are important keys to success. A great read for lovers of the South, the American dream and of course, Bourbon!
A bookworm I am not...... I am however a student of fine bourbon. I want to thank my brother-in-law for an awesome Christmas present. I literally couldn’t put the book down. Wright Thompson does an excellent job in recounting the history of the Van Winkle family. He also intertwines his own family experiences which compliments both him and Julian’ s family. Mr. Thompson is also a resident of Oxford, MS. He mentions several places in Oxford that we have come to know and love over the years while two of our children attended Ole Miss. A highly recommended read even if you are not a novice fan of fine bourbon. A must read for any bourbon aficionado!
A fine book that uses bourbon and the history of the Van Winkles to explore how family and the past shape our futures. Great for the bourbon enthusiast as well as for others just casually strolling past the bluegrass.