Pappy Van Winkle bourbon bottle lottery begins Nov. 6

Sunday, 05 November 2017, 08:57:43 PM. The state of Ohio will hold a lottery for those interested in obtaining a chance to buy a bottle of the sought-after Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Three words make bourbon drinkers stop in their tracks: Pappy Van Winkle. And that cult status among bourbon aficionados is not lost on the state of Ohio. Beginning Monday, Nov. 6, the state will hold its second lottery offering chances to buy a bottle of the sought-after Kentucky-made bourbon. The initial lottery, held this summer, attracted more than 8,000 entrants for a 500 bottle-allotment, and state officials said they expect that number to increase this time. "I think we're gonna get that plus more," Division of Liquor Control Superintendent Jim Canepa said. The two-week lottery will begin 12:01 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, and run until 11:59 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Customers can pick up a free ticket at any of the 465 Contract Liquor Agencies, then go online to register the number. One entry per person is allowed. Officials then will verify entrants with winning ticket numbers and notify by email. Available bottles will be 10-, 15- and 23-year-old whiskies, but a rep for the distillery says the 13-year-old Van Winkle Reserve Rye will not be released this year. "The allocation of spirits isn't just abundant," Canepa said. "Some are rare and limited. You can only produce so much in the barrel and in time." They also are costly. Market value ranges by vintage. Demand is so high secondary markets fill with offers to sell, and counterfeit bottles have cropped up. (A release from the company states that Sazerac-owned Buffalo Trace Distillery has spent more than a...Read more
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