Much to the horror of whiskey enthusiasts everywhere, more than two dozen bottles of coveted Pappy Van Winkle may be headed for the garbage.
The pricey booze was confiscated by the Franklin County sheriff's office as part of an investigation into a Kentucky whiskey theft ring that made off with more than $100,000 worth of alcohol. The scheme, which went on for several years, involved workers at the Buffalo Trace distillery, where Pappy is made; nine people were indicted in the case in April of last year.
While the sheriff's office originally recommended that the bottles be auctioned off with proceeds going to charity, Julian P. Van Winkle III, the president of the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, feels differently: According to ABC News, he "wants the stolen bourbon destroyed because of concerns it might have been tampered [with] or contaminated." But in the end, it will be up to the judge to decide the fate of the Pappy once the theft case is concluded. Four of the accused have already pleaded guilty, while "charges are pending against several other defendants."
A bourbon blogger named Carla Carlton has launched a campaign to save the prized whiskey from an unfortunate fate, even writing to Kentucky's governor urging him to "stop the execution." There's even a Change.org petition and a Twitter hashtag associated with her efforts — #PardonMyPappy, natch.