William M. Dowd photoHere's the latest on the Case of the Jack Daniel's Bottles, as reported by the Nashville, TN, Tennessean newspaper and the Associated Press. (The JD visitor center is shown at right):
A Nashville-area plumber will get back most of his million-dollar collection of Jack Daniel's whiskey bottles in a settlement with the Tennessee state liquor board.
Randy Piper was indicted in January 2008 after the state seized 2,400 bottles in October 2007. The state said he was selling liquor without a license. Piper said he was collecting the whiskey for the vintage glass bottles.
The Tennessean reported Piper avoided jail time by agreeing to pretrial diversion. Now the Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) has agreed to return most of the bottles, some of which are nearly a century old.
ABC Executive Director Danielle Elks said the state will keep and later auction off 400 to 500 bottles, mainly the less valuable green label whiskey and about one-third of the special reserve bottles.
[Go here and here for earlier postings on the topic.]
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