Pope Francis praises ‘very good bourbon’ gifted to him by priest
Pope Francis knows his bourbon.
Last week, Father Jim Sichko of Lexington, Ky., visited the Vatican for a private audience with Pope Francis, Food & Wine reports. The priest brought along a fitting gift from the Bluegrass state: a bottle of 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon.
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Father Sichko said that Pope Francis immediately spotted the quality product when he saw it.
“He knew I was from Kentucky, so when I handed it to him, he immediately said 'bourbon' and I said yes, and then he said, 'very good bourbon.’” Father Sichko told the Lexington Herald Leader.
According to Fortune, a 23-year-old bottle of the spirit retails for around $2,700.
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The 81-year-old Argentinian pope wasn’t the only one who got gifted that day, as Father Sichko brought more bottles to hand out for Pope Francis' security team.
“All the PAPPYS, 4 ROSES and WOODFORD RESERVE made it to give to Pope Francis and his security detail! Thanks Be to God!” he tweeted.
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This wouldn't be the first time that Pope Francis has happily accepted a bottle of whiskey. When Queen Elizabeth met the pope for the first time, she gave him a hamper of food with a bottle of the booze, ABC News reports.