That Handy is nice and better than the Saz and Eagle.
Over the past few months i have been building up a relationship with a local package store owner. he was able to get me two bottles of ritthse rye and baby sazs. I stop in about once a week to say hi and check the isles making sure I pick up a bottle here and there. Stoped in this morning looking for a bottle of WT Tradition (yeh I know, fat chance) When he asked if he could help I asked and to my surprise he said "hold on a minute" he went into the back and came out with a white box. He indicated that this was from his private stash but he would sell it to me.....SCORE.
Bought OFBB 2012, EWSB 2002, and a bottle of Pikesville Supreme Straight Rye.
Picked up a bottle of Rare Breed, CEHT Small Batch, Prichard's double chocolate (I'll try damn near anything), and a bottle of Watershed bourbon.
Planned on getting the OFBB 2012 and missed out on a FR1BLE2012 (Doh!) so I made up for it by getting two whiskeys: the CEHT Small Batch and Old Pulteny 12 in addition to the OFBB 2012.
Four bottles of Rendezvous Rye at $40 a piece shipping included. Just couldn't say no.
Walked into a previously unvisited store while out shopping on my day off and was glancing at the bourbon kind of half heartedly as I had my 18 month old daughter with me who was excited by all the colorful and differently shaped bottles. I walked past the first section, and then had a flashback and realized I saw something I shouldn't have. Went back and there sitting on the top shelf in all their glory were a few different bottles of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. Jackpot!
None of the stores I regularly frequent even allow this stuff to see the light of day generally, it's all waiting list/random drawing/held for themselves and friends. I grabbed what I wanted and chatted up the fellow in charge of ordering as they seemed to have a very well rounded selection of bourbon, although not huge. Apparantly the town they are in, even though it is small, does a decent amount of bourbon buying, which means the store buys a fair amount of bourbon from their distributor. In turn the distributor gives them a decent allotment. They even get a fairly decent amount of Pappy according to the fellow I was speaking to. Their prices were pretty good too (BTAC was $69 which is MSRP), which hasn't been my experience with smaller town liquor stores. I get out that way quite frequently so I'll be stopping by and becoming a regular customer for sure.
Good find. You're lucky they weren't charging $120-$160 for BTAC like a lot of places do.