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Enoch
12-31-2011, 07:26
Is Weller 12 being phased out? You can't get it is VA, NC, SC, GA, and it appears TN in the future. What states do carry it? I can order it online for around $30 a bottle but in October I purchased several bottles (all he had) for $21 each in Texas but even the store owner said he didn't know if he was going to get anymore.

Old Lamplighter
12-31-2011, 08:02
Is Weller 12 being phased out? You can't get it is VA, NC, SC, GA, and it appears TN in the future. What states do carry it? I can order it online for around $30 a bottle but in October I purchased several bottles (all he had) for $21 each in Texas but even the store owner said he didn't know if he was going to get anymore.

Interesting, and, seems to be a recurring subject thru the past few years. With all the indicators pointing to fewer & fewer age stmt labels, nothing would surprise me. As I just posted on a related, it is not hard to find in Memphis but seems to be scarcer in TN as one goes east. A couple of years ago, I could not find it there or Nashville or even Louisville (believe it or not) where I was working at the time.

Also, as everyone is aware, the price has creeped from the high teens to nearly $30 now where I have found it. It has quickly passed from a bargain to average in terms of price. Of course, that seems to be common for good bourbon in demand as a whole and sad :cry: for our wallets which are constantly going south in the wonderful economic world of the Dali Bama :hot: (sorry for that tidbit...out of line for this post subject...apologies..lol).

wmpevans
12-31-2011, 08:10
Couldn't find it in Ga., so about a month ago bought a handle from TPS, and I think it was $49. The WSR handle sells in ATL for $20: what a deal.

All in all a good deal on W-12, esp. when combined with other purchases to level out the shipping costs.

Happy New Year to all SB'ers!!!!!

sailor22
12-31-2011, 08:12
There are still a few Weller 12's to be seen on shelves in N. Fla. and S. Ga. - generally in the $25 range. Could be old stock.

T Comp
12-31-2011, 08:12
Is Weller 12 being phased out? You can't get it is VA, NC, SC, GA, and it appears TN in the future. What states do carry it? I can order it online for around $30 a bottle but in October I purchased several bottles (all he had) for $21 each in Texas but even the store owner said he didn't know if he was going to get anymore.

Enoch, There is a decent amount of it on shelves here in Illinois. I just noticed what looked like a fresh case of bottles put out in one store. I would guess less production of Weller 12 coming with the Van Winkles now needing barrels of ageing stock too, but conjecture is only that.

Old Lamplighter
12-31-2011, 08:21
I would guess less production of Weller 12 coming with the Van Winkles now needing barrels of ageing stock too, but conjecture is only that.

An excellent point...I had not thought about that factor.

dridge11
12-31-2011, 09:18
Seems like we still have a decent amount floating around here in CA. This is actually the next bottle on my "to buy" list. That and another OWA or two.

chilidawg7
12-31-2011, 11:46
I ran across 2 stores today in Central Florida with about 5 bottles each. I've got a few already so I passed on spending the $27.99 they were charging.

dohidied
12-31-2011, 11:54
Seems like we still have a decent amount floating around here in CA. This is actually the next bottle on my "to buy" list. That and another OWA or two.

Seems to be more common in the North Bay. I rarely see it on the peninsula or in the east bay, but WSR and OWA are common.

soad
12-31-2011, 12:01
I've only seen it twice on the shelf. I picked up a couple of 750s near Johnson City, TN last year. A month later I was near Watertown, NY and a store there had handles for around $45. I almost got one but I blew my bourbon budget on four bottles of Rittenhouse instead.....:rolleyes:

BarrelChar
12-31-2011, 12:13
Weller 12 is everywhere here in Texas (usually about $20 for the 750ML, $35 for the 1.5L) with no signs of disappearing. And quite a few of the old label bottles of OWA (with the 7 year age statement) as well, though those are obviously the last of the bunch. There's even a bit of ORVW107 to be had for $40.

Not enough folks in this town appreciate the less expensive wheaters.

jburlowski
12-31-2011, 12:45
It's not being phased out but supplies of aged stock are not in sync with demand. This has led to several brief shortages a la the KC shortage of a few years back. The local BT rep told me that W12 demand is one of the reasons they dropped the AS from OWA.

Old Lamplighter
12-31-2011, 14:28
The local BT rep told me that W12 demand is one of the reasons they dropped the AS from OWA.

Just the same, TPS, other online stores and some of my locals continue to advertise OWA as 7yo. Don't know if that is the actual truth or just older bar/shelf codes/tags they just have not changed. Anyhow, it is about as good as ever IMHO.

T Comp
12-31-2011, 14:57
It's not being phased out but supplies of aged stock are not in sync with demand. This has led to several brief shortages a la the KC shortage of a few years back. The local BT rep told me that W12 demand is one of the reasons they dropped the AS from OWA.


Just the same, TPS, other online stores and some of my locals continue to advertise OWA as 7yo. Don't know if that is the actual truth or just older bar/shelf codes/tags they just have not changed. Anyhow, it is about as good as ever IMHO.

And then there is the continuing puzzle that the Special Reserve still has the 7 year age on the label and both supposedly are from the same dump of barrels. Maybe that is not true though? I agree the current OWA is as good as ever, even better than the last few years of the age stated label IMHO.

autiger23
12-31-2011, 15:01
Weller 12 is everywhere here in Texas (usually about $20 for the 750ML, $35 for the 1.5L) with no signs of disappearing. And quite a few of the old label bottles of OWA (with the 7 year age statement) as well, though those are obviously the last of the bunch. There's even a bit of ORVW107 to be had for $40.

Not enough folks in this town appreciate the less expensive wheaters.

Wish we had that problem, especially being able to even see some OWA old label.

DeanSheen
12-31-2011, 19:28
I agree the current OWA is as good as ever, even better than the last few years of the age stated label IMHO.

This should be added to the FAQ section. Err I mean, I agree Mr. BOTY sir!