Van Winkles oppose auction of stolen bourbon

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If members of the Van Winkle family have their way, 28 bottles of stolen Pappy Van Winkle bourbon will be destroyed — not sold.

On Tuesday, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said he spoke with Julian Van Winkle, president of the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, who asked that all bottles and barrels involved in a well-publicized racketeering case not be auctioned off for charity, as Melton had previously suggested to BourbonBlog.com. Full story

Authentic to the last drop | Buffalo Trace master distiller puts product first

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As Buffalo Trace’s sixth master distiller since the Civil War, he stands on the shoulders of a more than 200-year legacy of distilling tradition. And since taking the helm in 2005, Wheatley has brought that authenticity into a renaissance and boon for the spirits industry where fans, who covet distillers’ aged amber elixirs, elevate them to rock-star status.

Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Awards gave Wheatley its first “Master Distiller of the Year” award in September during The Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting & Gala at The Bourbon Festival in Bardstown. Full story

Harlan Wheatley named the first “Master Distiller of the Year” at Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky America Awards 2016

harFRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Oct. 7, 2015) – Buffalo Trace Distillery’s master distiller and visitor center manager were each honored at “Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky America Awards 2016,” for their hard work at the Distillery. Harlen Wheatley was named “Master Distiller of the Year” and Matt Higgins was recognized as “highly commended” for Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year.

The category for “Master Distiller of the Year” is brand new this year, making Wheatley its very first recipient. Continue reading