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Saturday, November 6, 2021

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces Yet Another Lottery - O.F.C. Bourbon 1993, Double Eagle Very Rare, Michter’s 25 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon, King of Kentucky, and Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

Instead of focusing on bringing a wider variety of liquor products to Ohio or working through supply issues (half the stores I go to seem to be out of widely available products, such as Woodford)... the State has announced yet another lottery. This one is for premium bourbons starting at $149.98 + tax per bottle all the way up to $2,499.98 plus tax.

The lottery will run from 12:01 a.m. on November 8th and end at 11:59 p.m. on November 15th. The available products are:
  • OFC Bourbon 1993 ($2,499.98 plus tax) - Cherry cordial on the nose followed by caramel and slightly smoked-oak. Dark chocolate, tobacco leaves and dates are found on the palate, followed by a lingering finish of leather, black pepper and cinnamon.
  • Double Eagle Very Rare ($2,000 plus tax) - Hints of vanilla, toasted oak and caramel lead to a gracefully-aged oaky flavor. 
  • Michter's 25 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon ($1,000 plus tax) - Molasses, holiday spice, chocolate, smoke roasted notes, dried fruit, melted butter and vanilla providing the highlights.
  • King of Kentucky ($249.98 plus tax) - Nose: Deep notes of dried fig, dark caramel, and vanilla bean with a light chocolate sweetness all sharpened with a hint of caramelized orange and lemon peels and a pinch of cinnamon. Palate: Dark caramel and dried fruit coat a layer of dark baking spices and toasted coconut notes brightened with crisp notes of citrus.
  • Old Forester Birthday ($149.98 plus tax) - Nose: Butterscotch and toffee dominate, supported by layers of sweet melon and corn bread. Palate: Rich oak spice and blackcurrant instantly warm coupled with light maple, caramel cake and white floral notes.
In order to enter, you'll need to provide the following:
  • Ohio Driver’s License Number / Ohio Identification Card Number
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Street Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Email Address
  • Preferred OHLQ store location for purchasing the product if you win

All entries must be submitted online at the OHLQ lottery website and must be purchased at the Ohio Liquor location designated during submission. Entry is free. 

My Take

Yet another lottery with bottles the average person doesn't care about. The only bottle I would buy is the Old Forester Birthday so that'll be my only entry. As for the other, the only reason I could see to buy any of the $1000+ bottles is to resell (which is illegal in Ohio). A quick search shows the Michter's being sold online for $7999

In a separate note, I'm starting to have concerns on the validity of these lotteries. The State has so far refused to release any details on the October lottery and there have been some near mathematical impossibilities of multiple people winning twice in the same lottery... Combine that with the rumored leaks coming out of OHLQ of when and where bottles will be released to... it certainly raises some eyebrows. 

What do you think? Drop a note in the comment box below.

Source: OHLQ

1 comment:

  1. Great content as usual. I think it's pretty laughable for the State to think that the majority of these bottles won't just be turned around and sold on secondary.

    "Illegal" as it may be, they've turned a blind eye to the secondary market for years. And when you see 30 people camping at one Kroger over another on the night of a Stagg Jr. Release, well, it's pretty obvious someone is leaking information internally.

    Let 'em have that stuff, plenty of other good things on the shelves.