Fri. Jul 12th, 2024

Educational Justice is in the final weeks of its Kentucky Bourbon Raffle, a rare Kentucky Bourbon bottle raffle, which includes as its top prize a barrel of Bourbon and all 200 bottles the barrel yields.

Educational Justice is a nearly 10-year-old 501C3 non-profit organization striving to end educational inequity by pairing 5th-8th grade students with high-achieving high school peers for long- erm one-on-one tutoring and mentorship to improve their academic performance and social development.

Educational Justice Executive Director Bryan Andres Azucena Warren said, “Bourbon Country has become a feeling that represents all that is special about Kentucky. Collecting rare, unique, and important Bourbons is a fun past-time for many and the distillery experiences the region offers to make doing so lots of fun. This raffle is an exciting chance for folks to own some of the best Kentucky can offer. For Kentuckians, Bourbon embodies our culture of generosity, care for others, gracious hospitality, and focus on Kentucky’s people and natural resources that we share with others worldwide. As a Kentucky organization that embraces these values, it is only natural to employ our native spirit’s popularity to raise support for our educational mission.”

The raffle runs through June 23 and only 2,000 tickets are offered.

Tickets are $100 each and 22 winners will be drawn. The top prize is a barrel of Bourbon from Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Experiences member Whiskey Thief Distilling Company. The owner of the winning ticket will hand select their barrel among those resting at Whiskey Thief, tasting the various flavors in a private selection experience with Whiskey Thief’s distilling team, which includes Kelley Tennille, this season’s winner of the Discovery Channel popular television program Moonshiner’s: Master Distiller edition. After bottling, the top prize winner in Kentucky Bourbon Raffle will take home all the single-barreled bottles. A barrel of Bourbon generally yields 200 to 225 bottles of Bourbon at 750 ML each and has a retail value of between $8,000 and $15,000.

Usually, barrel pics are 5-7 years of age, and Whiskey Thief does their best to ensure the barrels are 6 years old.

Other prizes in the offering include 22 lots of rare, unique, and important Bourbon, include a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Kelvin Cooperage, a facility not open to the public, and 5 bottles of hard to find Bourbons from Rabbit Hole, Michter’s, Kentucky Peerless, Four Gate, Jefferson’s Reserve, and Angel’s Envy. The offering includes a full set of special Shakespeare-themed bottles from Rabbit Hole. Other hard-to-find bottles include Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (2016 and 2022), celebrating the birthday of George Garvin Brown, the first to bottle bourbon in glass bottles and a bottle of Metallica Blackened Batch 82 signed by all the members of the band Metallica (Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo), and master distiller Dave Pickerell. Other prize lots include the hard-to-find Old Fitzgerald 17-year Bottled in Bond and 8-year Bottled in Bond and Michter’s Cask Strength Bourbon and Rye, 8 bottles of Blantons Single Barrel spelling B-L-A-N-T-O-N-S with the cork stoppers, and the WL Weller Collection.

The raffle is open to anyone over 21 and is conducted online. Winners must pick up their winning items in person. Educational Justice’s Charitable Gaming License Number is ORG0002805 and the temporary Kentucky Liquor License is 037-TA-195393. The prize drawing is open to the public and will take place at Whiskey Thief Distilling Company, 283 Crab Orchard Road, Frankfort, KY 40601, on Friday, June 23, at 8 p.m.

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