Please pardon my Pappy. He’s too young to die.

Upset that the bourbon recovered in PappyGate this week may be destroyed, I’ve appealed to a higher power: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. I’m asking him to #PardonMyPappy. Please join the cause, won’t you?


The Honorable Steven L. Beshear

700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 100

Frankfort, Kentucky 40601


Dear Gov. Beshear,

Please pardon my Pappy. He’s too young to die.

He’s only 23 years old — a loyal Kentuckian through and through. He’s never left the rolling fields and gentle streams of the Bluegrass. And he’s worked to improve himself all his young life, sweating through the humid summers and struggling to stay warm on many a cold winter’s night.

There’s no proof he did wrong. But they say they’re going to spill his glorious spirit on the cold hard ground – all because he got caught up with the wrong crowd.

They’re planning to put down his younger buddies, too. Eagle is only 17 years old, and little Turkey can’t be more than 6 or 7. (He might be “wild” but he’s just a youngster.)

You are the leader of the Bourbon State. You have fostered a rebirth of America’s native spirit. You have helped send a rising tide of bourbon across the globe.

I ask you to use your powers as Governor of this great Commonwealth to stop the execution of the stolen barrels and bottles of Pappy Van Winkle, Wild Turkey and Eagle Rare bourbon. When the court case is over and these innocent bystanders are no longer needed, please set them free and let them live out their amber years in My Old Kentucky Home.

Please pardon my Pappy. He’s too young to die.


Carla Carlton

The Bourbon Babe


Readers, if you’d like to join my plea, please sign the petition.

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