A Bourbon Blogger Gets Involved in the Pappy Van Winkle Case

Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky. Photograph by Luke Sharrett/The New York Times via Redux

In October, 195 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle, the world’s most expensive and sought after bourbon, mysteriously disappeared from Sazerac’s Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky. Ever since, Tom Fischer has assiduously followed the investigation. The Louisville (Ky.)-based creator of BourbonBlog.com, a site visited by hundreds of thousands a month, frequently checks in with Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton to find out how he is faring in his effort to recover the missing bourbon cache, which has been valued at $26,000, and apprehend the thieves. Fischer says Melton has some promising leads. All the same, the blogger is starting to wonder if the widely publicized thefts may have been part of a different sort of conspiracy. I called Fischer recently to find out the latest about the scandal he calls, “Pappygate.” (This interview has been edited and condensed.)

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