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Getting your mitts on a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon is a fortunate occurrence, indeed. So coveted are the bottles, they often command far more than their retail price, and whiskey lovers everywhere pine for the stuff like mad squirrels after a fat acorn. Starting next month, The Sazerac Company via the Buffalo Trace Distillery will send out their annual allotment to stores, bars, and restaurants, and rampant thirst will ensue. The lineup includes Old Rip Van Winkle 10-Year-Old Bourbon, Old Rip Van Winkle Special Reserve Bourbon 12-Year-Old, Old Rip Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13-Year-Old, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 15-Year-Old, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 20-Year-Old, and the pièce de résistance… Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 23-Year-Old (at a cool $300). The bad news is that total inventory is lower due to the fact that aging resulted in high evaporation. And despite warnings from the company to purveyors not to jack up prices, they absolve themselves of control. Let the imbibing mayhem begin.

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We pride ourselves on being able to tackle problems and jigsaw puzzles like everyone else–from the edge pieces in. That’s a little more difficult when it comes to thousand piece adventures like the Moon puzzle you see here. In is out, out is in, and there’s an entire quadrant of almost fully gray pieces that depict the lunar surface, but all of that just adds to the productive difficulty you’ll experience when you’re assembling this jigsaw version of modern history. As they tell it, “July 16, 2019 marked the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch – the historic mission to the Moon where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first of humankind to set foot on the Moon. Our Moon puzzle celebrates this momentous achievement and will challenge and delight puzzle solvers everywhere.”