LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville-based bourbon blogger has penned a satirical letter to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, asking him to "pardon my Pappy," a reference to Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.

Carla Carlton, who calls herself "The Bourbon Babe" and blogs at
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the governor "to prevent the planned destruction of much of the bourbon found by law enforcement officials, who this week cracked an organized crime ring." She also created the hashtag #PardonMyPappy for use on social media, to spread the word.

that nine people have been indicted in a massive theft of Kentucky bourbon. The stolen bourbon included Pappy Van Winkle, Wild Turkey and Eagle Rare brands. Authorities said the unopened barrels of bourbon would be returned to their owners, but other barrels would have to be destroyed.

Carlton's letter begs the governor to step in to stop the destruction of the barrels.

The full text of the letter can be read below:

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 we'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

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