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Saturday, December 4, 2021

2021 State of Ohio Pappy Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Bottle Lotteries Announced

Like last yearthe previous year and the year before, the The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced the Pappy Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Antique Collection bottle lottery. This is a lottery to win the opportunity to purchase a hard to find bottle of select Buffalo Trace products at retail prices. The 2021 edition begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6 and runs through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13.

Entrants must be an Ohio resident 21 years or older and the following is required:
  • 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
Winners will be notified in January and will have the opportunity to purchase one bottle. Bottles must be purchased by 1/17/2022 or risk forfeiting the ability to purchase. 

The following brands will be available in the lottery.
Pappy Van Winkle Collection (same prices as 2020)
  • Old Rip Van Winkle 10, $69.99 plus tax
  • Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year, $79.99 plus tax
  • Pappy Van Winkle 15, $119.99 plus tax
  • Pappy Van Winkle 20, $199.98 plus tax
  • Pappy Van Winkle 23, $299.99 plus tax
Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Products (same prices as 2020)
  • Eagle Rare 17, $99.99 plus tax
  • Sazerac Rye 18, $99.99 plus tax
  • Thomas H. Handy, $99.99 plus tax
  • William Larue Weller, $99.99 plus tax
  • George T. Stagg, $99.99 + tax

The tasting notes are:

  • Eagle Rare 17 - 101 Proof - The fragrant aroma has almost a wine-like character with hints of almond, cigar boxes, and cinnamon. The delicate and dry mid-palate tastes of leather, vanilla, and tobacco. This bourbon lingers, finishing with a hint of leather and toffee.
  • Old Rip Van Winkle 10 - 107 Proof - A sweet vanilla nose with caramel, pecan, and oak wood. Smooth, mellow flavor consisting of robust wheat, cherries, and oak. Features a long, smoky wheat finish with hints of fruit, spice, and oak tannins.
  • Pappy Van Winkle 15 - 107 Proof - An elegant and sweet aroma with caramel corn and vanilla. Features a big flavor of leather, oak, and complex fruitiness. Finishes smooth with notes of spice and oak tannins.
  • Pappy Van Winkle 20 - 90.4 Proof - Intense and tantalizing. Smooth with a citrus zest note. Some sherry notes, dried fruits, and vanilla. The finish is long and elegant.
  • Pappy Van Winkle 23 - 95.6 Proof - Early aromas of caramel and cream with soft notes of oak, nuts, and leather. Features a sweet taste composed of vanilla, maple, and honey joined by complimentary flavors of citrus and spice. Has a long-lasting oaky finish, along with many of the early flavors.
  • Sazerac Rye 18 - 90 Proof - Very mature, with notes of oak, leather molasses, and all-spice. The long, warm finish is preceded by notes of mint, eucalyptus, cinnamon, vanilla, and lingering pepper.
  • Thomas H Handy - 129.5 Proof - Powerful, lush, and boldly spicy. Flavors of toffee, fig cake, and candied fruit, followed by mint, cinnamon, and clove. The finish ultimately reveals subtle notes of allspice, coconut, and nutmeg. Long and warm.
  • Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year - 90.4 Proof - Highlighted by light aromas of dried mango, cocoa, fruit, and spiced peach. Flavors of honey, oak, and tobacco dance on the pallet. The finish is balanced and dry, with a lingering tingle.
  • William Larue Weller - 125.3 Proof - Fragrant scents of caramel corn, new leather, plums, light toffee, and pipe tobacco. The palate tastes of marshmallow, salted almonds, nougat, figs, and dates. This whiskey finishes smooth, composed, and flavorfully sweet.
I'll have plenty of more coverage on this throughout the week so be sure to check back often. 

Source: OHLQ


  1. I have tried on Pappy Van Winkle but luck wasn't favoring me. Alas! I have always wished to try Pappy Van because of its taste and rareness. I wish I could get one someday.