Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Poll Results: Pappy vs. BTAC
It looks like the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection wins the poll that pitted it against the Van Winkle line. The results weren't quite as one sided as our Irish vs. Canadian poll, but BTAC still won handily. I received votes in the comments section, on Twitter and by email.
Readers who picked BTAC mentioned both variety and price, and many thought it was an easy answer. Commenter James opined, "You might as well ask people if they prefer receiving a million dollars (tax free) or a kick in the crotch." As AaronWF said, "Honestly, I think I'd take the Van Winkle and just hoard all the old-stock [Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye] until it's gone."
But Van Winkle had its defenders, particularly those who thought it was worth getting Stitzel-Weller and the current Van Winkle rye even if those stocks will eventually run out.
It's interesting that BTAC won the day on this given Van Winkle's outsized reputation. It's true that BTAC has variety on its side, you get a wheated bourbon, two rye recipe bourbons and two straight ryes. With Van Winkle you get six wheated bourbons and one straight rye. I was surprised that no one lamented the lack of cask strength Van Winkles in their response, which is another advantage of BTAC.
Still, given that Stitzel-Weller is one of the most loved of all distilleries, I'm surprised Van Winkle didn't get more votes.
Thanks for playing. If you have an idea for a future poll, let me know.