Around two hundred bottles of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon have vanished from a locked area in a locked warehouse in Franklin County, Kentucky according to The Wall Street Journal. The reason this is big news is because only six to seven thousand cases are distributed each year with some retailers receiving as few as four bottles as their allocation. As with most things in short supply, this bourbon is extremely popular with a devoted cult following. Pappy Van Winkle is aged for 20 years and retails for around $130.00 a bottle. Also swiped in the heist were nine cases of 13-year-old Pappy Van Winkle rye that retails for $69.00 a bottle. The missing inventory is valued at $26,000.
The Sheriff in Franklin County suggests it is an inside job and warned that anyone convicted of the theft will face one to five years in prison.
Pappy Van Winkle brand dates back to 1893 when Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle began selling a bourbon adding wheat instead of rye to the corn mash. Today his grandson, Julian III carries on the brand in partnership with Buffalo Trace Distillery.