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Bourbon heist totals $25,000 in missing liquor

Sports Editor

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013

Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 03:10

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Approximately 200 bottles of a rare small-batch bourbon stumbled from its Frankfort, Ky. distillery Sunday.

Approximately 200 bottles of a rare small-batch bourbon stumbled from its Frankfort, Ky. distillery Sunday.

The two-decades old bourbon were awaiting to be shipped across the country from the Sazera Co.’s Buffalo Trace Distillery when an inventory check showed the oak barrels were missing.

Officials were alerted shortly thereafter, with the bourbon heist totaling a combined worth of $25,000 at retail of the popular Pappy Van Winkle’s 20-Year Family Reserve bourbon. Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton told the Washington Journal that evidence pointed to an inside job.

“Anybody and everybody’s on the table right now,” he said. “Some people would probably say they need to be hung.”

Late Thursday evening, the Franklin County sheriff’s office announced they have a new lead in the heist. Melton’s office released surveillance video from liquor stores several counties away of a man offering to sell the store a “large quantity” of the bourbon.

According to local news channel WDEF, the man in the video has been labeled a person of interest with the investigation narrowing in on Hardin and Nelson counties.  

The Washington Journal reports only 6,000 to 7,000 9-liter cases are distributed across the country each year – well behind the leading Jim Beam, Beam Inc.’s bourbon brand.

Managing editor of Whisky Advocate Lew Bryson told the Washington Journal that Pappy Van Winkle is “insanely popular and it’s rare.”

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