Individuals can still do woodford however.
It's interesting to hear about the process (it'd be much more interesting to participate in it, of course). I wonder if the various makers have policies as to how many 'rejections' a barrel may go through before it's withdrawn from the private selection process.
I don't think that barrels that meet the profile sit around very long when passed by in barrel selections, especially with age stated lines. With bourbon popularity booming, if it is old enough and it fits the profile, it is hitting a bottle one way or another.
One of the big stores out here started putting a premium of a few dollars on their store selection vs the regular, which i find to be not very cool :hot:
I find this whole process fascinating. Like, "we took this barrel to 10 retailers, and each and every one passed on it. Send it to the Old Taylor pile!"
I mentioned in another thread that I have a local store that does extremely nice barrel picks, and it got me wondering if I just liked it more because I knew it was a store selection. At work tonight I poured my store select BT and the regular stuff, and had everyone taste them side-by-side. Then after, I tasted them blind. The store-pick BT was so much better. Then we de-proofed the EH Taylor Small Batch down to 45% and did it all over again. Again, the majority of employees and myself thought the BT pick was highly superior. Different palates will have different results, but honestly, in my anecdotal experience I'm starting to think that the store-picked stuff can punch way above its weight, particularly if you've got somebody good picking the barrels.
The first time I had a non-store picked Blanton's I felt bad for singing its praises so highly.