Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon and the Things That Last by Wright Thompson

A buzzworthy new book about a cult Kentucky bourbon and the family saga behind it.

Written by Jenn Thornton

If procuring a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle whiskey for the spirits enthusiast on your list proves elusive, Pappyland is a top-shelf alternative. Tailor-made for a John Wayne type—someone who appreciates a good book and a strong drink—this potent story of a fabled family business chronicles third-generation steward Julian P. Van Winkle III’s buyback of forgotten barrels from his old family distillery and the creation of the flagship spirit honoring the craft and connoisseurship of his grandfather. Soaked in meditations on heritage, legacy and inheritance, the book is a backroad to Kentucky bourbon with many detours along the way.

Buy now on Amazon. Proceeds benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.