Decision to auction stolen Pappy Van Winkle falls on judge

Decision to auction stolen Pappy Van Winkle falls on judge

FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - Twenty-eight bottles of the most sought-after bourbon in WAVE Country could be available to the public, after it is released from the court.

The bottles of Pappy Van Winkle were taken in the 2013 heist at Buffalo Trace Distillery and were later recovered by investigators.

Bourbonblog.com reports Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton wants to sell the bourbon at auction and donate the money to charity. The empty bourbon barrels that were recovered from the theft would also be auctioned.

But Preston Van Winkle, a spokesperson for the company, told WAVE 3 News on Tuesday that auctioning the bourbon to the public would be a liability and they don't want to see that happen.

Right now, the bourbon is considered evidence in the theft case and will not be available until after the trial. A Franklin County judge will ultimately decide what happens to the bourbon and barrels.

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