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These Rare Bourbons Can Be Yours

A Boozy Auction of Old, Hard-to-Find and Highly Coveted Whiskeys


Take a look at your home bar, and tell us what you see.

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Most of you said something like, "Uh, I got some gin, some scotch, a little vodka." 

One guy mentioned a signed collection of Pappy Van Winkle bottles, aged 10 to 23 years. So, he can stop reading.

For everyone else, here's the Art of Bourbon Auction. It's peddling a bunch of unique Kentucky bourbons and bourbon-related experiences that you can't find in stores. The online auction just launched today, and the live auction is taking place September 19 in Louisville as part of the Bourbon and Beyond Festival, should you be in the neighborhood.

Pappy Van Winkle has become the holy grail among bourbon aficionados. Due to scarcity, it's nearly impossible to find at retail, so the higher aged expressions often sell for thousands of dollars on the secondary market. This auction is your chance to score a bottle without leaving your favorite chair. There's a 23-year-old that's signed by Julian Van Winkle. There's also a collection of all five bourbons in the brand's portfolio, from the 10-year-old Rip Van Winkle to the 23-year-old Pappy. That would certainly look nice displayed proudly and prominently in your home. In front of all your family photos, perhaps.

You've also got Woodford Reserve bourbon that's been finished in XO cognac barrels and bottled in a handmade Baccarat crystal decanter. And the 2008 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, which is the highest rated Old Forester ever. Plus a bottle of Old Overholt Rye from '09. That's 1909.  

If collecting bottles isn't really your thing, you can still bid on some unique experiences. Like an opportunity to taste and select an entire barrel of Maker's Mark or Knob Creek. Or the chance to hop on a 126-foot research boat with some sea-aged barrels of Jefferson's Ocean. In addition to choosing a barrel, you'll also participate in a shark tagging expedition.  

Whiskey plus sharks. What could possibly go wrong? 

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