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Giveaway: One Bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23 Year Old

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April fool’s. You just got iced.

Does it feel like you’re back in college? Good. We decided on such a fine, upstanding holiday to kick it old school with this joke.

Did you really think we were able to get our hands on a bottle of Pappy 23? We’re fine upstanding gentlemen and all, but that only gets you so far (though if any of you out there has a bottle and wants to share, we can assure you that we are fine, upstanding gentlemen that make great conversation over a fine pour of bourbon).

Never been iced? Well, since you just were, you’re going to need to find the closest Smirnoff Ice. (You can order one —in select states — here.) Once you’ve got one, bend a knee and chug it. Observe:

Want to mess with your friends a little on this fine day? Send them this link. Tell them you get entries for every time a friend also enters. Then, order them Smirnoff Ice and have it sent to their house. They may think you’re joking around, but when that bottle shows up a few hours later, they’ll know you weren’t kidding.

Sam Slaughter
Sam Slaughter was the Food and Drink Editor for The Manual. Born and raised in New Jersey, he’s called the South home for…
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