Sheriff Pat Melton said his office is conducting an investigation after more than $26,000 of rare bourbon was reported stolen from Buffalo Trace Distillery.
“Right now we are looking at it as an internal theft,” Melton said.
Melton said Buffalo Trace reported Tuesday that 65 cases – with three bottles per case – of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Year bourbon and nine bottles of Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye were taken.
Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Year bourbon is worth about $130 a bottle. According to the Buffalo Trace website, it is the top rated bourbon whiskey in the world with a 99 out of 100 rating by the World Spirits Championship.
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye is aged for 13 years and is worth about $25 a bottle.
Melton said the bourbon was stolen over the last couple of months.
“I think it’s going to be a tough case to solve,” Melton said. “You got about 50 employees that had access.”
Buffalo Trace representatives could not be reached for comment.
“It will be a challenge but we’re going to do the best we can,” Melton said.