Most serious bourbon fans know just how valuable and hard to find Pappy Van Winkle is. Bottles of 23-year old Pappy have sold for almost a grand on the interwebs, and fans line up for hours on Pappy delivery day for a chance to buy a bottle.
But some scurrilous scoundrel in Kentucky apparently didn’t want to play by the same rules as the rest of us, as 65 cases of 20-year old Pappy were stolen in what looks to be an inside job from a secure area at Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Frankfort facility.
Authorities initially speculated that the theft might have taken place over the course of several months since 65 cases is a bunch of whiskey to walk off with. The thief or thieves made off with about $26,000 of the limited stock, which consisted of about $25,350 in 3-bottle cases of 20-year-old Pappy and about $675 in nine cases of 13-year-old Van Winkle Family Reserve rye.
Recently though, attention has turned to a local high school principal who is reportedly on video tape asking about selling a large quantity of Pappy, but the suspected perp claims he is just a collector who was looking to actually buy some Pappy. (Aren’t we all.)
Authorities haven’t ruled out the suspect, and they’re leaving no stone unturned. Hopefully they don’t search under my bed…