Pappy is one of the nation’s most sought-after bourbons, with a reported production of about 7,000 cases a year from the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. This bourbon is aged 20 years and bottled at 90.4 proof for a “wonderfully smooth and rich profile,” according to the Buffalo Trace website. One of these 20 Year bottles retails for about $130 and can be very difficult to find due to low production volume and high demand. Some bourbon aficionados have said, "there’s Pappy Van Winkle, then there’s everything else." I have not been so fortunate to taste this high-end bourbon. And I hope that when I do sample a 20 Year Pappy Van Winkle, it won't be one of the stolen bottles.
Each bottle of the Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year bears a unique code that is stamped directly on the glass, in addition to a UPC, which identifies the batch of bourbon, when it was filled and labeled. The Buffalo Trace Distillery has not yet released the codes and likely, the stolen Pappy will end up on the black market or on online auction sites with these codes removed.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Department is following a few leads, and if you have a tip, you can text the hotline 502.320.3306 or call 502.875.8740.