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T47
09-13-2007, 00:08
I stopped by the 4th Ave. store in Seattle tonight and spoke with the manager there (Mary). Very nice gal. I gave her my wish list of 12 bottles that I would like to try and find. Only one on my list (Henry McKenna SB) is immediately available on their order sheet, and she is going to get me a couple bottles. Most of the other bottles were Buffalo Trace or VW products, and then Old Forrester Birthday Bourbon.
With the exception of the PVW 20, WA. lists the other VW products as "discontinued".
Though I am sure it will be beating my head against a wall, it will be interesting to find out what they are able to get. Mary says, if it's available in the US she should be able to order it as long as the distilleries themselves do not have regional restrictions or allotments.
For you other WA. or OR. folks, if your interested I will keep you posted and if by chance any "special" bottles are available I will be sure to let you know. Some of you might have more access than I through travel, but just in case I will keep you posted on what I learn.
If you have a bottle you want me to ask her about let me know.
It sure seems that the Wellers have disappeared from our shelves as well i.e. Weller Centennial, Weller 12, Special Reserve.
They do have several bottles of OGD 114 which has been hard to find around here as of late.

:toast:

mozilla
09-13-2007, 05:59
Like you said, distillers have allotments for each area or region. We get tons of Weller, but hardly any HH bonded. Don't worry though, they are still making and distributing all these products. Which means that they will be available in other areas. I just get ready to stock up when traveling to these places. Heck, I couldn't even get Buffalo Trace in Austin for a year or two, just not enough to go around everywhere and be able to fill the shelves.

Cornman
09-20-2007, 23:42
I'd be interested in OF Birthday Bourbon, any of the BTAC's, especially the Sazerac, and the 12 or 15 yo VW and especially the 13 VW rye (would settle for some 12 yo). Also interested in the Russels Reserve Rye when it is released and probably any others on your list that don't get up into 3 figures. Might be up for more than one bottle on some of these. Thanks for the info in any event!

T47
09-26-2007, 20:30
Much to my disappointment I have been informed that when trying to order VW 15, VW 12 Lot B, and VWFRR, Wa. State is not allocated any
and the response comes back...Not Available

:cry: :hot: :banghead: :smiley_acbt: :shocked: :frown:

The same is true for my Buffalo Trace wish list as well with the exception of a couple bottles.
I guess I can hope that one day they will reappear on our shelves and I will have to hoard as many as I can if that happens.
Kind of a cross thread topic, but it seems there is a need for more Bourbon Distilleries! Maybe I will win the mega lotto one day!
Not all hope is lost, she says my list is over her computer and she checks the inventorys for me and she says she will continue to do that. I am going to order a couple bottles of Henry McKenna SB because it was the only thing on my list they can get right now. So I guess I will call that a small victory.
As always if I find out anything new I will keep you WA folks posted, and if she lets me know of any coming in, I will do my best to get the word out to local SB.com brothers and sisters so we can enjoy together.

cowdery
09-26-2007, 20:35
I think we all regret what happens in states with socialized booze.

T47
09-26-2007, 21:17
I think we all regret what happens in states with socialized booze.

So Chuck, to your knowledge is this more an issue of WA's socialized booze or lack of supply to go around? I have no idea how the "allotment" thing works on the distillery end. I find it kind of odd that I on occasion we can get the products, so I am leaning towards the not available response as being on the State side of things. Last summer I picked up 2 bottles of GT Stagg from the one store in the State that had any...and it was only those 2 bottles. Then one bottle of Eagle Rare 17 shows up at a small store up in the hills (I got that one as well)...makes no sense to me at all? I will have to delve into it a little deeper just for my own education. I have little faith in the little man taking on the Bureaucracy with any real success...

cowdery
09-26-2007, 21:45
State alcohol bureaucracies are like any other bureaucracy; they're slow, inefficient, and don't care about the taxpayer/consumer. I don't see any reason why Buffalo Trace or any other producer wouldn't give every control state the same opportunity to buy whatever they sell as they would any other distributor. Buffalo Trace itself is still in limited markets and maybe WA isn't one of them. Stagg, although it usually sells out quickly, is distributed nationally and WA probably has the same chance to buy it that everyplace else does. Even more true with Eagle Rare 17, which isn't all that hard to get. Most other things the same way.

The problem is with your state's alcohol authority, not the producers. Same deal in every other control state.

mozilla
09-27-2007, 11:58
Some states allocation of a certain label are very limited. Last year around October, the whole state of Texas's allotment for Weller Centennial was 12 bottles. Of which my store was able to get 1, mostly because I made a huge deal to the rep. about it. I think he gave me one to shut me the hell up.

T47
10-01-2007, 21:39
I got an email from the 4th Ave Store tonight. Mary says she has put in her order for both the new Wild Turkeys as well as the Hudson Baby Bourbon and Hudson Manhattan Rye. She says the 2 Hudson bottles are pricey...and the reviews I have read here and elsewhere don't make me want to run out and get one if they come in, but at least she is trying to keep the selection "new".

She also continues to monitor my other "requests" which were mostly Buffalo Trace bottles, and if I get any good news on that front I will pass it along as it comes in.

As far as the current not always present bottles on the shelf, looks like a case of Buffalo Trace and several ETL's. The rest was pretty standard.

:toast:

cowdery
10-02-2007, 11:40
I chime in here only to point out the benefits of getting to know your local whiskeymonger, as Todd has done. They, in most cases, really do want to help you achieve bourbonian bliss.

BourbonJoe
10-05-2007, 01:08
They, in most cases, really do want to help you achieve bourbonian bliss.

My local whiskeymonger is the PALCB which couldn't care less.
Joe :usflag:

T47
10-11-2007, 19:16
A couple different bottles on the shelf at the Seattle 4th Ave Store. Jeffersons Reserve and Hancocks Reserve (both right around $50). I have seen the Hancocks once in a while but not the Jeffersons. Brief research does not make me want to purchase either. There is still a great stock of ETL at the Seattle 12th Ave Store.

cowdery
10-11-2007, 20:59
My local whiskeymonger is the PALCB which couldn't care less.
Joe :usflag:

I exclude, of course, the socialist...I mean, control states like Pennsylvania.

Virus_Of_Life
10-13-2007, 01:10
A couple different bottles on the shelf at the Seattle 4th Ave Store. Jeffersons Reserve and Hancocks Reserve (both right around $50). I have seen the Hancocks once in a while but not the Jeffersons. Brief research does not make me want to purchase either. There is still a great stock of ETL at the Seattle 12th Ave Store.

Given what I have seen thus far in Washington, I'd probably pay (gladly) $50 for a bottle of Hancock's which I think is incredibly underrated!

Don't take this wrong, but this state sucks!!! When I get back to Oregon (before I return to cali) I am going to get hammered on good whiskey...

thanson
10-15-2007, 09:50
Thanks for the update. Let me know if you buy any thing new that you like. I live in Seattle, but it's a bit of a trek to get to the 4th Ave store. If I pester the guy at the U Village store, he seems willing to order things, but with WA there's no guarantee. They claim something's out of stock when I can order it online (and usually a lot cheaper)

T47
10-15-2007, 14:38
I usually check the store on 4th as well as the one on 12th Ave. If I see any interesting bottles in the future, I will be sure to post it. And welcome to SB.com, lots of great information and people here.

:toast:

thanson
10-18-2007, 14:55
I just saw that the VW 13yo rye was at the 23rd and Union store. By the time it showed up on the website, it was gone. D!@* state run stores.

thanson
12-03-2007, 14:20
I got an email from the 4th Ave Store tonight. Mary says she has put in her order for both the new Wild Turkeys as well as the Hudson Baby Bourbon and Hudson Manhattan Rye. She says the 2 Hudson bottles are pricey...and the reviews I have read here and elsewhere don't make me want to run out and get one if they come in, but at least she is trying to keep the selection "new".
:toast:

I was just at the 4th Ave Store. They have the 2 Hudson bottles in. They are around $55 each which didn't seem too bad until I realized it was a 375ml bottle. For that price, they can keep it.

thanson
12-11-2007, 15:21
I just got a call from the 23rd and Union store. They have the baby Sazerac in stock if anyone's interested.

T47
12-15-2007, 12:36
Thanks for the scoop on this one. I went into today and picked up the last bottle. Always nice to be able to try something new!

thanson
12-18-2007, 11:08
I've spotted two Staggs in Royal City (near Ellensburg). I can't be the only one who didn't score any yet this year. I called the store to see if they'll ship to the westside - still waiting to hear back. If not, I don't suppose anyone is going to the eastside anytime soon? There's a bottle of Stagg in it for you :)

I'd drive myself, but we just had a baby. I don't think he'll want to go on a four hour car trip yet.

Bailey
12-18-2007, 23:06
I am about an hour and fifteen minutes from Royal City. Normally wouldn't be a problem to go grab the Staggs but the roads are a bit treacherous at this point in time. I could probably roll up to Royal late this week and grab them for you if you can talk the manager into holding them for that long. I've got some clients up that way but if I called them they might move in on the product. PM me and let's chat about how to make it happen. BTW you have correctly surmised that the Stagg (while a very good bourbon) is not worth a four hour car ride with new baby (and wife).

Roger