There are high-profile burglaries such as the Paris Catacombs wine heist, and then there are the less sophisticated methods for stealing alcohol. Thieves in Paris recently took a more direct approach with a smash and grab at La Maison du Whisky, taking off with $800,000 worth of rare whiskey. With time being a factor, the bandits went straight for the collector’s room and stole 69 bottles of high-end whiskey, and then fled on foot.
La Maison du Whisky was founded in 1956, and is one of the most prominent French importers and distributors of rare whiskey. Coincidentally, before the burglary, the company had been advertising its new collector’s space in the store for the rarer, finer whiskeys they offer. In total, the store carries 1,300 whiskeys and 150 different spirits.
Grub Street reports that the biggest score was a vintage bottle of 1960 Karuizawa, referred to by collectors as “The Squirrel.” The now defunct Karuizawa distillery only made 41 bottles of this Japanese single malt, making the rare whiskey even more sought-after by collectors. The bottle is thought to be worth $100,000. However, a “physical particularity” of the 1960 Karuizawa makes it easily traceable and difficult to fence, according to La Maison du Whisky.
If the whiskey is recovered, there’s a chance it’ll have to dumped out, like what happened with the stolen Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. Wherever that whiskey is, we can only hope it is returned safely.