Andy-Forch

They say the best things in life aren’t things. I’ll drink to that.

But if my house was burning, the first thing I’d reach for (after grabbing my wife) would be two pipes my uncle gave me while I was an undergrad at UVA.

The pipes are totems of two different eras: my uncle’s law school years when he broke them in, and my time at UVA when I’d puff them in front of the fireplace until the corners of my room became interesting. I love knowing that both of us contributed to the rich patinas and aromas, and with one strong whiff today, I’m hit with a wave of nostalgia.

It doesn’t get any better than that, at least when it comes to things.

In Heritage we ask folks we admire to share their most prized possession.

Pappy-Van-Winkle-Hot-Sauce

Pappy Van Winkle is the name in bourbon. Bottles have sent drinkers on wild goose chases and left others with empty bank accounts. While we can’t help you procure any of that elusive elixir, we can bring a little Pappy into your life in another way. Pappy Van Winkle Hot Sauce is aged in actual Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels. The distillery teamed with friends at Midland Ghost to make this flavorful hot sauce, which features the latter’s prized first generation Ghost Peppers. After the sauce was made, it was left to age in barrels that once held Pappy. That means you have a sauce that’s rich, oaky, and full of flavorful heat. Use it on meats, veggies, or, if you’re a special brand of crazy, just drink it straight from the bottle. It’s that good.