Interview with Julian Van Winkle, April 20, 2010

Project: Bourbon in Kentucky: Buffalo Trace Oral History Project

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Julian Van Winkle III is from Louisville, Kentucky. He is the grandson of Julian "Pappy" Van Winkle, Sr. and the son of Julian Van Winkle, Jr., who founded the Old Rip Van Winkle Company. In 1977, Julian joined his father at the Old Rip Van Winkle Company and later became owner. In this interview, Van Winkle explains the history of the Van Winkle family and their involvement in distilling. He describes how his father began Old Rip Van Winkle Company and how the company operates. Van Winkle explains why Van Winkle bourbons can be aged longer than other brands. He also talks about the challenges of running a bourbon company which does not own its own distillery and explains Old Rip Van Winkle's business relationship with the Buffalo Trace Distillery. In addition, Julian discusses his company's brands and discusses their place in the market. He talks about the history of the bourbon industry and the consumer trends currently affecting it. In addition, Van Winkle discusses the future of the company.

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2010oh059_bik016

Interviewee Name

Julian Van Winkle

Interviewer Name

Thomas Troland

Interview Date

2010-04-20

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Winkle, Julian Van Interview by Thomas Troland. 20 Apr. 2010. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Winkle, J.V. (2010, April 20). Interview by T. Troland. Bourbon in Kentucky: Buffalo Trace Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Winkle, Julian Van, interview by Thomas Troland. April 20, 2010, Bourbon in Kentucky: Buffalo Trace Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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