Raisin’ Through Rare

Triangle Wine & Food Experience’s Rare Bourbon Raffle


Here we go again! TWFE has curated a collection of incredibly rare bottles with the goal of raising $150,000 for Frankie Lemmon School & Developmental Center. We’ve secured 3 lots of highly sought after bourbons for this year’s raffle, a collection of bottles that could drive the governor of Kentucky to jealousy. Is your collection missing elusive bottles of Wellers, Blanton’s, or Old Fitzgerald? Don’t miss your chance to take home one of these unicorn lots.

Tickets are on sale now for $100 each. Only 1500 tickets available. The winners will be announced on September 30th via social media. Check the Raffle Rules below for more information.

Lot 1 – A Whole ‘Lot’ of Weller

“The Original Wheated Bourbon.” It’s on every bottle because it’s true! William Larue Weller was one of the early distilling pioneers in Kentucky and, sure, he did things a little differently. William is widely credited for being the first to develop a bourbon recipe that favors wheat over malted barley and rye, giving Weller’s is notable expression. Even more notable, that same wheated mash bill is, of course, responsible for the Pappy Van Winkle range! In fact, because W. L. Weller 12 Year and Pappy Van Winkle are both produced at Buffalo Trace’s distillery, W. L Weller 12 Year is actually Pappy that didn’t quite make the cut for Pappy Van Winkle Lot B 12 Year simply due to the almost indiscernible difference between the maturation of one barrel to another! Here’s your chance to try some, in addition to a bottle of Weller C.Y.P.B. (Craft Your Perfect Bourbon), where bourbon drinkers are asked to choose their ideal bourbon recipe, and a bottle of Weller Single Barrel which is handpicked and bottled one exceptional barrel at a time!


  • W. L. Weller 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Wheated Bourbon Whiskey 
  • W. L. Weller C.Y.P.B. Kentucky Straight Wheated Bourbon Whiskey 
  • W. L. Weller Single Barrel Straight Wheated Bourbon Whiskey 

    Lot 2 – Imports & Exports – Nod to Japan

    Blanton’s story begins in the mid-1980s, when bourbon was still whiskey non grata in the US. In Japan, however, bourbon was booming and when released in the fall of 1984, Blanton’s was unlike any other bourbon on the foreign market! Produced exclusively for the Japanese export market, Blanton’s Black Label and Blanton’s Takara Red Edition are two of the rarest single barrel bourbon whiskeys in the world. Upgraded and elevated, both are rested in barrel for an additional 2 years, totaling 8 years of age. In Japanese, “takara” means treasure, and both of these are just that! Each is a statement piece for any serious collector and a must-try for keen Blanton’s enthusiasts! Then, there is Hibiki! Not only does Japan have a thirst for whisky, they’re darn good at making it too! Repeatedly selected as the best blended whisky in the world at the World Whisky Awards, Hibiki 21 is another remarkable collector’s item. We know it’s not bourbon, but it certainly is more Japanese “takara” in a bottle. 


    • Blanton’s ‘Black label’ Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 
    • Blanton’s ‘Takara Red label’ Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 
    • Suntory Hibiki 21 Year Old Blended Whisky 

      Lot 3 – All Dressed Up & Looking for Somewhere to Go!

      What could make these bottles even more intriguing than the decanters they come in? How about the fact that they contain juice distilled at the legendary Stitzel-Weller distillery while it was under the immaculate stewardship of the Van Winkle family. A result of a merger between the A. Ph. Stitzel distillery and its biggest customer, W.L. Weller & Sons, the Stitzel-Weller company was officially established in 1933 at the repeal of National Prohibition and quickly developed a reputation for its high quality wheated bourbon. Because of the Van Winkles’ near-religious belief in the importance of quality above all else in the bourbons they produced, Old Fitzgerald became and remains to this day, one of the most sought-after and respected labels in all of American whiskey. The first Old Fitzgerald decanters were bottled in 1951 and a huge variety were produced over the following two decades. Here’s your chance to take home the ‘American Sons of St. Patrick’ Bicentennial Decanter (1976), the ‘American Bighorn’ Prime Wildlife Decanter (1971), and the ‘Golden Bough’ Decanter (1964). 


      • Old Fitzgerald ‘American Sons of St. Patrick’ Bicentennial Decanter Straight Bourbon Whiskey | Bottled in 1976 
      • Old Fitzgerald 7 Year Old ‘American Bighorn’ Wildlife Decanter Straight Bourbon Whiskey | Bottled in 1971 
      • Old Fitzgerald 6 Year Old Golden Bough Decanter Straight Bourbon Whiskey | Bottled in 1964 

      Raffle Rules

      Must be 21 years or older to enter. Must reside in the contiguous 48 US States. No purchase limit applies while sufficient tickets are available; a maximum of 1,500 tickets will be sold, although the actual number sold may be significantly less. An email receipt for your purchase of raffle ticket(s) will be sent upon purchase. Physical raffle tickets will not be mailed. Receipt and/or transaction numbers should not be confused with raffle ticket numbers. A physical raffle ticket may be picked up in person by appointment but is not required to participate. Ticket sale will close on September 30th, 2022 at 12 pm EST, or when all tickets are sold. Drawings will be conducted live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TriangleWineFood) and Instagram (@trianglewinefood) on September 30th, 2022, at 4 pm EST. Winners will be announced at that time; there will be three winners; raffle winners will be selected by a computer-generated program. The winner will also be notified by phone and email no later than September 30th, 2022. A signature will be required upon receipt. In certain cases, the items may be delivered in person by staff, board members, or volunteers, with the permission of the winner. Frankie Lemmon School and Frankie Lemmon Foundation employees along with their immediate family members are not eligible for this raffle. Void where participation is prohibited. All proceeds benefit Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center.

      How to View Raffle Ticket Numbers:

      1. Log in to FLBourbon22.Givesmart.com

      2. Click My Info. 

      3. See assigned raffle ticket numbers under Raffle Details.

      Supporting The Frankie Lemmon School

      Frankie Lemmon School is a NAEYC accredited, 5-Star child development center that welcomes children ages 2-6 with and without disabilities. Our school provides exceptional educational experiences offering all children a sense of belonging, friendships, and an opportunity to reach their full potential. For nearly 60 years we’ve served over 1,900 families in and around the Triangle.