The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) is raffling some of the world’s most sought-after whiskies, bourbons, scotches and cordials — including rare bottles of Pappy Van Winkle, Sazerac Rye, and a Craigellachie 33-year-old Scotch — to raise $200,000 for local animal rescue organizations.
Proceeds from its “Allies for Animals” raffle will support the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire, Live and Let Live Farm, and Friends of Manchester Animal Shelter, who collectively support thousands of animals and their owners each year.
Only 2,000 raffle tickets are available now through September 15. Tickets can be purchased for $100 each at liquorandwineoutlets.com/allies.
“We are honored to assist these outstanding organizations that are allies to all animals across the Granite State,” says NHLC Chairman Joseph Mollica. “In addition to supporting these nonprofits, this is a perfect opportunity to highlight our selection of rare, coveted and extremely hard-to-find products we are able to bring exclusively to NH Liquor & Wine Outlet customers.”
The raffle prize package includes one bottle each of the following products:
- Old Rip Van Winkle 25yr
- Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23yr
- Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15yr
- Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 10yr
- Hancock’s President’s Reserve
- Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Whiskey
- High West A Midwinter Night’s Dram
- Weller Full Proof Bourbon
- Blanton’s Bourbon – 8 bottle set – Complete Bottle Stopper Collection
- Sazerac 18yr Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
- Old Fitzgerald 15yr Bottled in Bond Decanter
- Michter’s 10yr Straight Bourbon
- Four Roses 130th Anniversary Bourbon
- Craigellachie 33yr Single Malt
- Kentucky Owl Wiseman’s Bourbon Batch 9
- Bruichladdich Black Art 7.1 Single Malt Scotch
- DiSaronno Reserva Limited Edition
Due to limited production and high demand, few, if any of these products are available for sale at the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices, which is well over $7,500. The value of these products on the secondary market is more than $25,000.
Old Rip Van Winkle 25yr, which was distilled in 1989 and resulted in just 710 bottles in total, is the kind of rare whiskey that most collectors encounter only once in their lifetime.
“The funds we receive from NH Liquor & Wine Outlet customers will be incredibly important for supporting our efforts to advance animal welfare in New Hampshire,” says Charlotte Williams, President and CEO, ARLNH. “We are grateful for NHLC’s commitment.”
The New Hampshire Liquor Commission recently raised $102,000 for the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association’s New Hampshire Hospitality Employee Relief Fund, which is providing one-time grants of $250 to hospitality industry employees impacted by COVID-19.
In addition to ARLNH, Live and Let Live Farm and Friends of Manchester Animal Shelter, NHLC has worked with suppliers and brokers over the past six years to raise more than $2.3 million for nonprofit organizations making an impact in New Hampshire and beyond. Those nonprofits include: Best Buddies New Hampshire, Crotched Mountain Foundation, Easterseals New Hampshire, Homes for Our Troops, Operation Care for Troops, New Hampshire Food Bank, New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association, Toys for Tots, Granite United Way, Community Foundation Sonoma County, Napa Valley Community Foundation, Concord Hospital and more.