During a visit to The Vatican last week, Father Jim Sichko, a priest from the Dioceses of Lexington, Kentucky, had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis privately, and he seized the moment to pass along a special gift from home. While greeting the pontiff, Sichko pulled out a bottle of rare 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, often considered some of the best brown booze in the world (and subsequently, also one of the most expensive, fetching hundreds of dollars on the open market). Pope Francis reacted as any true fan of bourbon would, by describing it as "very good bourbon" the moment Father Sichko handed it over. Very good indeed, Pope.
“He knew I was from Kentucky,” Sichko said, per a report in the Lexington Herald Leader, “so when I handed it to him, he immediately said ‘bourbon’ and I said yes, and then he said ‘very good bourbon.’”