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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

OHLQ Announces Whiskey Gold Rush Event at Select Stores

The Ohio Department of Liquor (OHLQ) has announced what they are calling the Whiskey Gold Rush event which is a lottery to win the chance to purchase a bottle of Blanton’s Gold Edition Bourbon Whiskey. This event started at 9:00 A.M. on May 24, 2023 and all entries must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. on June 5, 2023 and is available at over 100 participating OHLQ locations. Additionally, there will be OHLQ Exclusives (list below). 

The directions to enter are:
  1. Visit a participating OHLQ location.
  2. Get your ticket from the cashier. (One ticket per person present.)
  3. Scan the QR code on the ticket.
  4. Enter the requested information.

As mentioned, there are over 100 locations participating. You can enter at as many stores as you want, but you can only win the right to purchase one bottle. Winners will be announced on June 9th. The Blanton's Gold will be $119.99 + tax. The participating locations are:

  • ACME, Akron
  • ACME, Canton
  • Aurora Spirits, Aurora
  • Buehler's, Ashland
  • Buehler's Fresh Foods, Massillon
  • Buehler's - North Court Beverage, Medina
  • Cap and Corks, North Olmsted
  • Chagrin Valley Beverage, Warrensville Heights
  • Gary's Drive Thru, Orrville
  • Giant Eagle on Center St, Chardon
  • Giant Eagle on W Geauga Plaza, Chesterland
  • Giant Eagle on Day Dr, Cleveland
  • Giant Eagle on W Main St, Louisville
  • Giant Eagle on N Ridge Rd, Madison
  • Giant Eagle on Andrews Rd, Mentor-on-the-Lake
  • Giant Eagle on Southland Dr, Middleburg Heights
  • Giant Eagle on Strip Ave NW, North Canton
  • Giant Eagle on OH-303, Streetsboro
  • Giant Eagle on Pearl Rd, Strongsville
  • Giant Eagle on E Market St, Warren
  • Giant Eagle on Mahoning Ave, Warren
  • Gino's Drive Thru, Youngstown
  • Grafton Crewsthru, Grafton
  • Grumpy Grandpa's Git & Go, Ashtabula
  • Lantern Beverage, Jefferson
  • Leprechaun Party House, Akron
  • One Stop Beverage, Avon
  • One Stop Shop, Youngstown
  • Pat O'Brien's Fine Wines, Pepper Pike
  • Red, Wine & Brew, Westlake
  • Rittman Beverage Center, Rittman
  • Ross Wine and Liquor, Berea
  • Royal Park Beverage, North Royalton
  • Silver Spirits Liquor Agency, Akron
  • The Vault Wine & Spirits, Willoughby Hills
  • Top Shelf, Canton
  • Wine Reserve, Chagrin Falls
  • Bellaire Party Center, Bellaire
  • Buehler’s, Coshocton
  • Buehler's, New Philadelphia
  • Food Center Emporium, Caldwell
  • Gene's Drive Thru, Salem
  • Giant Eagle on Union Ave, Dover
  • Mr G's II, Cambridge
  • Riesbeck's, Bridgeport
  • Riesbeck's, Zanesville
  • Ritchies Village Liquor, Piketon


  • 1837 Wine and Spirits Emporium, Gahanna
  • Bodega Wine & Spirits, Marysville
  • Chateau Wine & Spirits, Columbus
  • Chateau Wine & Spirits, Dublin
  • Giant Eagle on E Broad St, Columbus
  • Giant Eagle at Grandview Yard, Columbus
  • Giant Eagle on N High St, Columbus
  • Giant Eagle on Sawmill Rd, Columbus
  • Giant Eagle on Perimeter Loop Rd, Dublin
  • Giant Eagle on N Hamilton Rd, Gahanna
  • Giant Eagle on Stringtown Rd, Grove City
  • Giant Eagle on S Hamilton Rd, Groveport
  • Giant Eagle on Hebron Rd, Heath
  • Giant Eagle on Britton Pkwy, Hilliard
  • Giant Eagle at Ety Shops, Lancaster
  • Giant Eagle on New Albany Rd W, New Albany
  • Giant Eagle on Refugee Rd, Pickerington
  • Giant Eagle on W Powell Rd, Powell
  • Giant Eagle at Kingsdale Center, Upper Arlington
  • Kroger on Cemetery Rd, Hilliard
  • Kroger on Hilliard Rome Rd, Hilliard
  • Kroger on Hill Rd N, Pickerington
  • Kroger on Powell Rd, Powell
  • Kroger on Clinton Ave, Washington Court House
  • Northwest Wine and Spirits, Columbus
  • The Hills Market, Worthington
  • The Pit Stop, Lancaster
  • Weiland's Market, Columbus


  • Arrow Wine & Spirits on Lyons Rd, Dayton
  • Centerville Liquor & Wine, Centerville
  • Community Markets, New Carlisle
  • Delhi Liquor, Cincinnati
  • Fine Wine & True Spirits, Dayton
  • Giant Liquor, West Chester
  • Jungle Jim's at Eastgate, Cincinnati
  • Kings Mills Wine & Spirits, Mason
  • Kroger on Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati
  • Lou's Pony Keg, Mason
  • McMaken's IGA, Brookville
  • Miami Valley Wine & Spirits, Tipp City
  • O'Bryan's Wine & Spirits, Loveland
  • Red Bank Wine and Spirits, Cincinnati
  • The Wine Connection, Milford
  • Tom's Drive Thru, Cincinnati


  • Bellmann's Party Shop, Delphos
  • Community Markets, Wapakoneta
  • IGA Community Markets, Oak Harbor
  • Joseph's Beverage Center, Toledo
  • Kork & Kap, Crestline
  • Kroger on Orchard Centre Dr, Holland
  • Kroger on Navarre Ave, Oregon
  • Lakeview Carry Out, Celina
  • Party Pak, Upper Sandusky
  • Wagner's IGA Market, Minster

Additionally, there will be exclusive releases throughout the time period. Products will vary by location and will be available until they are sold out. Use the links on each product to check availability. 

Bacardi Barrel Select Rum  - $32.99 + tax

  • Barrel #146 - 80 proof (40% alcohol)
    Taste: Dried plums and apricots
    Finish: Nutmeg and warm vanilla

  • Barrel #57 - 112.8 proof (56.4% alcohol)
    Nose: Maple aromas
    Taste: Warm spice notes blended with seasoned oak and distinct maple flavor shining through
    Finish: Smooth alcohol burn with lingering heat

  • Barrel #58 - 109.6 proof (54.8% alcohol)
    Nose: Sweet butterscotch
    Taste: Vanilla and caramel flavors

  • Barrel #59 - 111.6 proof (55.8% alcohol)
    Nose: Dulce de leche aromas
    Taste: Strong caramel flavor that showcases tobacco on the front
    Finish: Lingering caramel

  • Barrel #60 - 115.4 proof (57.7% alcohol)
    Nose: Toasted caramel
    Taste: Dried tobacco and fresh mint flavors
    Finish: Long finish with a full mouthfeel

  • Barrel #61 - 115.8 proof (57.9% alcohol)
    Nose: Fruity perfume
    Taste: Cherry and plum flavors
    Finish: Light and quick

  • Barrel #62 - 116.8 proof (58.4% alcohol)
    Nose: Rye spice
    Taste: Caramel flavor up front leads to clove and black pepper and strikingly lingers on the mid-palate

  • Barrel #63 - 116.8 proof (58.4% alcohol)
    Nose: Intense sweet candied orange
    Taste: Very long up front with notes of apricot and peach alongside a black currant flavor that’s reminiscent of a full-bodied and very tannic hillside Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Barrel #64 - 115.0 proof (57.5% alcohol)
    Nose: Sweet chocolate and cherry
    Taste: Cherry cordial ice cream flavor
    Finish: Long with solid tannins

El Tesoro Single Barrel Tequila - $79.99 + tax

  • Barrel #08130 - 80.6 proof (40.3% alcohol)
    Nose: Delicate with smoky oak and hints of vanilla
    Taste: A robust blend of oak and agave
    Finish: Soft with fruit and white pepper

Elijah Craig Private Barrel Barrel Proof Bourbon - $84.99 + tax

  • 13 barrels worth

High West Double Rye! Barrel Select Whiskey - $69.99 + tax

  • Barrel #24714 - 98.8 proof (49.4% alcohol)
    Finish Barrel Type: Merlot
    Finish Time: 8 months
    Tasting Notes: Jammy, strawberry, vinous, spiced berry

Jefferson's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon - $59.99 + tax

  • Barrel #401 - 100 proof (50% alcohol)
    Nose: Waffles, brown sugar
    Taste: Snickerdoodle, maple syrup, cola
    Finish: Sweet, front-palate finish

Jefferson's Ocean Voyage 27 Cask Strength - $99.99 + tax

  • Barrel #74 - 122.3 proof (61.15% alcohol)
    Nose: Chocolate, mint, earthy
    Taste: Cordial-like, toasted oak, leather
    Finish: Medium, mid-palate

  • Barrel #76 - 126.8 proof (63.4% alcohol)
    Nose: Dusty and complex
    Taste: Fast-fading herbal and briny notes, turning into sweetness
    Finish: Medium, mid-palate

  • Barrel #77 - 122.0 proof (61% alcohol)
    Nose: Briny, butterscotch, leather, tobacco
    Taste: Subtle sweetness, continued brininess
    Finish: Medium, drying

  • Barrel #78 - 126.9 proof (63.45% alcohol)
    Nose: Vanilla and caramel
    Taste: Sweet with hints of salinity
    Finish: Medium, mid-palate 

Nashville Barrel Co. 7 Year Straight Rye Bottled-in-Bond - $99.99 + tax

  • 4 barrels worth

NULU Double Oaked Small Batch Bourbon - $84.99 + tax

  • Ohio Batch #3 - Aged 4-7 Years - 115 proof (57.5% alcohol)
    Nose: Rich dessert notes, dark chocolate, and loads of oak
    Taste: Sugar cookies, brown sugar, and long, rich oak
    Finish: Hints of dark fruit and persistent dark chocolate

NULU French Oak Small Batch Bourbon - $74.99 + tax

  • Ohio Batch #4 - Aged 4-6 Years - 113 proof (56.5% alcohol)
    Nose: Mocha and buttered waffles
    Taste: Vanilla, meaty oak, and elegant tannin
    Finish: Long and velvety, bringing you back for more

Pinhook True Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - $58.00 + tax

  • OHLQ Blend - 116.4 proof (58.2% alcohol)
    Nose: Warm notes of candied peaches, mango, and cinnamon
    Taste: Expansive with deep notes of nectarine, papaya, and dark maple
Rittenhouse Rye Private Barrel - $34.99 + tax
    • Barrel #8027630 - 100 proof (50% alcohol)
      Nose: Floral notes of white flower and honeysuckle, very light pepper note
      Taste: Light, fruity, floral, and very approachable
      Finish: Mid-to-back palate finish, with balanced sweetness and spice

    • Barrel #8028216 - 100 proof (50% alcohol)
      Nose: Herbaceous with notes of dill
      Taste: Dill carries through and combines with toasted wood and a lighter spice profile
      Finish: Mid-palate medium light spice finish
      Woodinville Single Barrel Rye - $74.99 + tax
      • Barrel #7919 - 117.06 proof (58.53% alcohol)
        Nose: Brown sugar, vanilla, and rye spice
        Taste: Caramel, black pepper, and mint
        Finish: Charred oak

      My Take

      This is probably our only chance to ever buy Blanton's Gold at retail so it's worth entering. None of the exclusives have me overly excited so I'll pass on those. I do want to highlight how stupid some of the tasting notes are... for one of the Jefferson's Ocean... they have the nose listed as 'Dusty and Complex'. Absolutely stupid. 

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

      Source: OHLQ

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