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

Bar offers Pappy Van Winkle at cost

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Jeremy Johnson, the owner of Meta cocktail lounge (Louisville), wants to make the wildly popular –- and inaccessible – Pappy Van Winkle bourbons available to as many people as possible and is using his allocation to do just that.

“It’s this thing that nobody can get their hands on,” he says; and the bourbon is often priced many times over its cost. “Let’s make it so everyone can get it. Full story

How Pappy Van Winke became king: A Timeline

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Pappy Van Winkle bourbon is insanely, irrationally, popular. It might be the most sought after brand of alcohol of all time. Bottles of Pappy fetch thousands of dollars in the aftermarket, which is effectively the entire market because few if any retailers put it on their shelves anymore—most reserve it for special customers, raffle off the few bottles that they get, or sell it off on the aftermarket themselves for higher prices than they could reasonably ask for at the store. Full story