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$25K Worth of Pappy Stolen from Buffalo Trace Distillery

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Buffalo Trace's warehouse.
Buffalo Trace's warehouse.
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Kentucky's Buffalo Trace Distillery is now working with local authorities after reporting that 65 cases of its cultishly beloved Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year bourbon were stolen from the distillery. Frankfort police tell the State Journal that the cases appear to have been taken over the course of several months, and as a result, "internal theft" is suspected. Each case contains three bottles of Pappy that retail for $130 each — but because of the bourbon's rarity, its actual "value" often exceeds its retail price, with online re-sellers commanding as much as $600 to $700 per bottle.

Also reported stolen: nine bottles of the the significantly less valueable Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye, which retails for $25 per bottle. There are currently no suspects in the case, and Sheriff Pat Melton says, "I think it's going to be a tough case to solve. You got about 50 employees that had access."

· More Than $26K in Rare Bourbon Stolen From Buffalo Trace [State-Journal]
· All Crime Coverage on Eater [-E-]

Buffalo Trace Distillery

113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, KY 40601