Last April, authorities in Kentucky took down one of the biggest whiskey theft rings ever recorded: nine people stealing some $100,000 worth of Kentucky bourbon, including 65 cases of Pappy Van Winkle 20-Year, one of the world’s rarest and most expensive bourbons.
Right after the good news broke that Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton and his team recovered some of the stolen goods, including 20 cases of Pappy, bad news followed: most likely, the Pappy would have to be destroyed in case it had been tampered with.
Destroying what could well be perfectly good bourbon understandably concerned a lot of whiskey lovers, and on December 31 Melton changed his mind and announced that 28 of the Pappy bottles would be saved and auctioned off for charity rather than destroyed.
But he should have checked with the Van Winkle family first: They made him take it back, saying they were worried about quality issues.
So the bottles are back in limbo, and the saga of the stolen Pappy Van Winkle continues. Stay tuned.
[H/T Grub Street]