Monday, October 16, 2017

New Yorker pleads guilty to producing counterfeit Pappy Van Winkle

Charles A. Bahamonde, 32, of New York, pleaded guilty to petit larceny, a Class A misdemeanor, in New York City Criminal Court. He was ordered to pay restitution and remain arrest-free for one year. He is scheduled to be back in court Jan. 5.

 The newyorker produced counterfeit bottles of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, which sold for $1,500 last year.

This is the first successful prosecution for counterfeit Van Winkle bourbon to date, according to a news release from Buffalo Trace Distillery, which owns the brand and brought the legal action. Sentencing in this case will take place in January 2018.

The company also said it has spent more than $500,000 to the last year to try to curb the sale of counterfeit bottles on secondary markets, such as Craigslist.

"Sadly, the Van Winkle bourbons are the latest victim of counterfeiting where innocent consumers are duped," Mark Brown, president and CEO Buffalo Trace Distillery said. "Avoid buying any bourbon or whiskey, especially the highly sought-after ones, from anyone in the secondary market, which includes online private sellers, or in these social media groups that claim to offer genuine products."

The release said scam artists have been operating in a variety of ways, some of which include taking empty Van Winkle bottles and refilling them with a variety of other liquids — sometimes cheaper bourbons.

To prevent from getting ripped off please follow these rules as provided on the Bourbon Exchange
  • Don't deal with strangers. Joe next door is probably cool. Joe on Craigslist not so much.
  • Ask for proof of purchase.
  • Look for a laser code, which is etched on the side of real bottles. 
  • Check the cap. Legitimate empty bottles are often used but if the cap "looks wrinkled, crooked or just off it’s probably because the guy refilled the bottle and put the foil cap on in his garage with a heat gun or hairdryer."

Sunday, October 1, 2017

23 year old Pappy donated to Fountain Fest in Little Rock

Thanks to business owner John Crow featuerd on the right, a bottle of 23 year old PVW is being donated to the Fountain Fest at the Arkansas Arts Center.

Crow, a resident of North Little Rock's Argenta District, is a member and past chairman of the Argenta Downtown Council. And he's a member of the Arkansas Arts Center's Contemporaries, an affiliate-membership group of mostly young professionals who are enthusiastic about art and about supporting it. John Crow also is the owner of 107 Liquor in Sherwood.

It's a bottle of 23-year-reserve Pappy van Winkle Family Reserve, which Crow describes as "the oldest expression of the most sought-after bourbon in the world." They'll raffle it off, along with a Louis Vuitton purse worth more than $1,000, that evening. Raffle tickets are $10.

The bottle cost to a liquor store is about $250, but assuming you could find a bottle in a store, neither Crow nor Jansen would put a retail price on it.

The event begins October 19th at 5PM and tickets are $25. Call (501) 396-0337 or buy your raffle ticket at