Christmas will come early for some residents of Pennsylvania as the state controlled liquor stores get their seasonal allocation of Pappy Van Winkle. Rather than a lump of coal, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is anticipating receiving more than 1,500 bottles of the sought after Kentucky Whiskey.
In its fourth lottery of limited release alcohol, the PLCB is expecting 1,539 bottles of world-renown Pappy Van Winkle whiskey for purchase.
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These Kentucky whiskeys, produced by Pappy Van Winkle’s grandson under recipes dating back three generations, are among the most sought after in the world. Wine Enthusiast magazine and the World Spirits Championship have scored the 20-year-old bourbon at a rating of 99 out of 100, and the Old Rip Van Winkle distillery claims the 13-year-old rye is the first premium aged rye whiskey.
The following products, listed in the order in which they will be drawn, will be available through the lottery. Numbers of bottles offered through the Lottery are estimated based on what is anticipated to be received from the supplier this week.
- Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year, $249.99 each – 24 bottles
- Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye, $99.99 each – 30 bottles
- Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year, $79.99 each – 111 bottles
- Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year, $149.99 each – 210 bottles
- Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year, $49.99 each – 384 bottles
- Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year, $59.99 each – 780 bottles
Because licensees constitute about one quarter of the PLCB’s annual sales, 25 percent of the inventory will be available to licensees, while 75 percent will be available to individual consumers.
While retailers in other states often charge far more than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, Pappy Van Winkle bottles available for sale in Pennsylvania are sold at the price suggested by the supplier.
Individual consumers and licensees interested in entering the lottery must be registered customers at FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com with billing information on file through Quick Checkout Profiles. Participants have until 11:00 PM Saturday, Dec. 12 to opt in to this lottery following registration.
Separate drawings will be conducted for each of these limited-release whiskeys, and lottery participants may opt into one, several or all drawings. Purchase is limited to one bottle per participant, and if a participant wins a bottle in a drawing, the participant will be removed from subsequent drawings. The drawings for the items having the smallest allocation of bottles will occur first, and will be followed sequentially by drawings for the items having larger allocations.