State selling nearly $38K in rare whiskeys

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board this week is holding a lottery to sell off rare whiskeys, including a few priced at $2,000 a bottle.

The board will hold five lottery drawings with 431 bottles of whiskey up for grabs through Saturday. Their combined retail value is nearly $38,000.

The lottery program was developed in recent years as a way to more equitably distribute products that are available in limited supplies and often sell out online in a matter of minutes, the PLCB said.

The first of the five drawings will include five bottles of Michter’s Bourbon Kentucky 25 Year, a 116-proof straight bourbon whiskey that was aged in specially chosen and charred American white oak barrels. The retail price for each bottle is $1,999.99.

The second drawing will feature 12 bottles of Willett 80th Anniversary Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a 100-proof whiskey being sold for $299.99 a bottle.

The PLCB will also sell 24 bottles of Orphan Barrel Entrapment 25 Year, an 82-proof whiskey that was distilled and aged at the Crown Royal distillery in Canada, for $199.99 a bottle.

For more conservative buyers, the fourth drawing will include 150 bottles of E.H. Taylor Four Grain Straight Bourbon Kentucky, a 100-proof whiskey aged for 12 years. The retail price for each bottle is $79.99.

And for $29.99 a bottle, the fifth drawing will include 240 bottles of Weller Bourbon 12 Year, a 90-proof bourbon.

The PLCB reserves 25 percent of the lottery offerings for retail licensees. The rest are open to individual consumers.

Each person selected in the random drawing can purchase only one bottle per lottery, according to the PLCB. Households are limited to one bottle per lottery as well.

Pennsylvania residents have until 11 p.m. Saturday to opt in to one or more of the lotteries.

Participants will be notified by email when the lottery process is complete, according to the PLCB.

Jason Scott
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