The Great Bourbon Heist of 2013

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What is the most sought after bourbon in the world? Well, that question was answered earlier this week when someone broke into the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky and stole 65 three-bottle cases (195 bottles total) of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Year Old along with nine cases of 13 year old rye whiskey. The nearly impossible to find bottles of Pappy 20 retail for around $130 per bottle. But the chance that you will find a bottle of this liquid gold in the store is about as likely as Angelina dumping Brad for you. The thing is, while the retail value of the bourbon bullion weighs in at a whopping $26,000, due to its rarity the actual “street value” of the bottles is somewhere closer to $78,000.

If you have never had Pappy Van Winkle’s elusive 20 year old gem, you wouldn’t understand that this is a justifiable crime (as long as the thieves were to slowly sip and enjoy the bourbon for the remainder of their lives). But for some reason we doubt that is the plan and hope they rot in…well, you get it. The one thing this heinous crime does prove? Cocktail culture is at its peak when whiskey is so valued that it is worth a felony. Cheers to that. 

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