Back in April of 2015, nine people were indicted in the search for the missing Pappy Van Winkle bottles, some of the stolen bottles were recovered, life was restored to order, end of story… or so we thought.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s department has announced that 28 Bottles of Pappy Van Winkle brand will be destroyed instead of being offered up to the public.
Sheriff Pat Melton has retracted his statements that the bottles will be sold at auction, with proceeds going mostly to charitable causes. According to Melton, Julian Van Winkle III, grandson of Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle Sr., raised concerns about putting the recovered treasure up for sale. Melton said, “Van Winkle wants the stolen bourbon destroyed because of concerns it might have been tampered or contaminated.”
The Sheriff’s department will honor his wishes and destroy the lot of bottles.
Say it ain’t so Pappy…
We at Duel believe the bottles could be tested to confirm they are not tampered or contaminated and then sold at auction.
You can read the full story via ABC News here, but why, it’ll just make you sad.