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Unread postby jb » Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:12 pm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/03/missing-bourbon_n_4378611.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news


Authorities trying to solve a distillery heist that netted cases of prized Kentucky bourbon have monitored websites and interviewed more than 100 people since the pricey whiskey was taken weeks ago. Now a cash reward is getting mixed in.

Sheriff Pat Melton in Kentucky's Franklin County dangled a $10,000 reward on Monday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever stole the hard-to-get Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and rye whiskey. The whiskey was taken from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort in mid-October.

The heist netted 195 bottles of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve bourbon and 27 bottles of 13-year-old Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye. The missing whiskey has a retail value of about $26,000.

"We're just trying to bring Pappy home," Melton said.

The theft has become a compelling mystery in a state that produces 95 percent of the world's bourbon and is home to more barrels of aging bourbon than people.

A crime stopper's organization put up $1,000 of the reward, Melton said, but he declined to say who else pitched in. With money aiding the effort, he predicted his detectives would crack the case.

The net is narrowing," he said without elaborating.

Melton said nothing has been ruled out.

Detectives have been monitoring Craigslist, eBay and bourbon blogs in hopes of tracking down the pilfered spirits, Melton said, adding many other "eyes and ears" of bourbon lovers are also alert for the missing stock.

Bourbon fans want to know who took part of the limited Pappy Van Winkle stock because "that's less that they have an opportunity to get," he explained.

With all the attention given to the stolen whiskey, he said, "it's made it extremely hot to try to move or sell right now."

Pappy is among the nation's most sought-after bourbons, with limited production at Buffalo Trace for the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. A Buffalo Trace spokeswoman declined comment Monday, citing the ongoing investigation.

The reputation of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and its limited supplies have given the product considerable cache.

Gordon Jackson, owner of Old Town Wine and Spirits in Louisville, said it's extremely difficult to get an allocation of Pappy and his store is called every day by those seeking the product.

"Whenever we do have it, we really never admit to having it and we kind of stash it and hope to get it to our better customers," he said.

His store periodically scores a supply and charges $110 per bottle for the 20-year-old Pappy bourbon.

"The whiskey is extremely good," Jackson said. "That one has a lot of lore, a lot of mystique and it's really, really good."
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Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:06 am

Good. I'm glad it got stolen. Way overpriced, only a dumbshit would pay $100 for a bottle of bourbon. Yes..... I've tried it, it's good, but it doesn't live up to the hype or price. Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve, and Wild Turkey (Rare Breed too) are just fine.
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Unread postby peeker643 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:04 am

I have a botle of Bulleit and a bottle of Batch #3 of the new Cleveland Bourbon. That last one was a gift from my m-i-l. I wouldn't buy early runs. Someone bought me a bottle of the Red Eagle Bourbon made here in Geneva. It's potable with bourbon-like taste, but this shit needs to age and the distillers need to get better.

Bulleit and Wild Turkey 101 are the go to choices for me.

Love Woodford, Maker's Mark and Knob Creek as well.

But for the jingle, my two are just fine.
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Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:08 pm

I was curious about the Cleveland whiskey. Sounds like they rushed it a bit.
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Unread postby peeker643 » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:37 pm

Cerebral_DownTime wrote:I was curious about the Cleveland whiskey. Sounds like they rushed it a bit.


To be fair, I haven't tried any yet. I had just gotten and opened the bottle of Bulleit so I'll wait. But if it was like Red Eagle, yes, the startups need more aging.
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Unread postby comish » Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:28 pm

peeker643 wrote:I have a botle of Bulleit and a bottle of Batch #3 of the new Cleveland Bourbon. That last one was a gift from my m-i-l. I wouldn't buy early runs. Someone bought me a bottle of the Red Eagle Bourbon made here in Geneva. It's potable with bourbon-like taste, but this shit needs to age and the distillers need to get better.

Bulleit and Wild Turkey 101 are the go to choices for me.

Love Woodford, Maker's Mark and Knob Creek as well.

But for the jingle, my two are just fine.


Knobb is a PERFECT choice for you, sir.

In all fairness...it's my favorite :)
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Unread postby justmebd » Sat Dec 14, 2013 8:48 am

My store got ONE case of the 12 year old Rip Van Winkle, I didn't keep any for myself and it was only a three-bottle case.

It was gone in an hour. All three people I called on my waiting list dropped what they were doing and came in.

I got ONE BOTTLE of the 15-year old that was transferred into my store for a specific customer, who called me every day for a week until it showed up.

Fortunately, one of the 12-year old bottle customers promised me a shot from the bottle, so I can see what it tastes like.

I'm more of a Scotch guy than a bourbon guy, but I do like Woodford and Elmer T Lee. Bulleit isn't bad for the price.
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