Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Lottery Is Open

For the second year, the PA LCB is hosting a lottery for the sought-after bottles of bourbon and whiskey produced by Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky. On Nov. 28, the agency announced the lottery to both consumers and individual licensees.

It runs through December 3 with 1,601 bottles up for grabs. For the first time the lottery includes boxed sets of Pappy Van Winkle products as well as individual bottles.
The products include:
  • Four packages (two for individual consumers, two for licensees) with six 2016 Pappy releases: Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 23 Year, Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year, Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 15 Year, Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye, Van Winkle Special Reserve, and Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year.  Price per six-bottle package is $1,999.99.
  • Six packages (three for individual consumers, three for licensees) consist of four Pappy Van Winkle bottles each, including Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year, Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 15 Year, Van Winkle Special Reserve, and Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year.  Price for each four-bottle package is $1,199.99.
  • Thirty packages (15 for individual consumers, 15 for licensees) consist of three bottles each, including Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year, Van Winkle Special Reserve, and Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year. Price for each three-bottle package is $999.99.
Individual bottles:
  • Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye, $159.99 each - 20 bottles - 15 for retail customers, 5 for licensees;
  • Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 23 Year, $399.99 each - 56 bottles - 42 for retail customers, 14 for licensees;
  • Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 15 Year, $149.99 each - 95 bottles - 72 for retail customers, 23 for licensees;
  • Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year, $249.99 each - 176 bottles - 132 for retail customers, 44 for licensees;
  • Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year, $79.99 each - 356 bottles - 267 for retail customers, 89 for licensees; and
  • Van Winkle Special Reserve, $99.99 each - 760 bottles - 570 for retail customers, 190 for licensees

To enter the lottery, participants must register a customer account on

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Upcoming Pappy Van Winkle lottery in Virginia

Virginia ABC is getting ready to sell three sought-after Pappy Van Winkle products via online lottery.

Save these dates for a chance....

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15-Year Bourbon
December 1, 9 a.m.– December 2, 9 a.m.

Van Winkle Special Reserve 12-Year Bourbon
December 8, 9 a.m. – December 9, 9 a.m.

Old Rip Van Winkle 10-Year Bourbon
December 15, 9 a.m.–December 16, 9 a.m.

Visit for all rules and information.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hundreds camp out at Northern Kentucky liquor store

Hundreds of die-hard bourbon fans camped outside of a Northern Kentucky liquor store overnight, hoping to be among the first to get a taste of a rare bottle released once a year.

Pappy Van Winkle went on sale Thursday morning at Party Source, a large liquor and party-goods store in Bellevue.

Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve is regarded as one of the finest bourbons in the world. The rare bourbon is made at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Pappy Van Winkle is aged for 15, 20, or 23 years. A 15-year bottle sold for $67.95, a 20-year bottle sold for $125.99 and a 23-year bottle sold for $221.99.

Monday, October 24, 2016

2016 Pappy Van Winkle is officially released and spotted!

As  of October 24, 2016 has confirmed, the fall batch of 2016 PVW and ORVW is hitting stores. The first two states who were lucky enough to see the world-prized Old Rip Van Winkle & Pappy Van Winkle bourbon are North Carolina and Wisconsin just a few days ago.

Please drop me a note if you find it in any stores near you and do stay tuned for more updates and news!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Julie Curtsinger, wife of Pappy-theft ringleader takes plea deal

Back when I relaunched this blog last September I reported on the massive $100,000 Pappy Van Winkle theft that took place. A year later the court systems are still working and Julie Curtsinger, the wife of Gilbert “Toby” Curtsinger has taken an Alfred plea to possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance (anabolic steroid). The original felony counts punishable by up to five years in prison were reduced to misdemeanors in the plea agreement. The recommendation will be 1 year in jail.

Her husbands case is still on going and the recovered Pappy Van Winkle bottles were ordered to be destroyed.

Monday, October 10, 2016

New Hampshire Liquor Commission hosts large tasting event

The Distiller’s Showcase is back for thhe fourth year! In case you did not know it hosts and makes more than 400 premium and ultra-premium spirits available for tasting every year.  If that is not enough reason to attend, patrons this year will be able to bid on 3 bottles of the 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon which can be near impossible to find online or in stores. If you are going to pay more than retail price what a great justification as the proceeds benefit The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire.

Tickets cost $60 each and can be purchased online by visiting The event will take place from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH in one month on November 10, 2016.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Top Fall Bourbon Releases Coming Soon To Stores!

It's October and it is bourbon month!

Here is the top brands coming this fall for 2016 that you should be looking for and adding to your whiskey collection.

  • Buffalo Trace Antique Collection
  • Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon 2016
  • Heaven Hill
  • Old Forester
  • Willett
  • Woodford Reserve
  • Jack Daniel’s 150th Anniversary Edition
  • Rebel Yell 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon
  • Pappy Van Winkle Collection from any 10, 12, 15, 20, or 23 year. Anything that you can get your hands on!