Today a vet run took Chelsea, our gimpy wire-haired terrier mix, and me close to one of my two favorite liquor retailers in this vicinity, Hi-Time Wine Cellars, and I couldn't resist going in "just for a quick look".

Among the specials I found Old Whiskey River at $16.99, so now I have a bottle to comfort me one of these days. I believe the only knock I had heard on this bourbon is that it may be overpriced compared to other products of Heaven Hill origin of similar or better quality. At this price I figured it was worth a try.

Such a deep reduction in price (was $26.99 at this store) suggests to me that the nationwide sales of this product may have been much lower than planned. Does anyone have any information in that regard?

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At the same time I picked up another Old Forester 100, another Woodford Reserve ($23.99 on special) and my first Old Fitz 1849. I had intended to try another bottle of Old Fitz BIB, in the hope that I would discover that my first bottle was not representative. However, when I tried to reach for a bottle, my hand refused to obey orders and grasped the adjacent 1849, instead. Are the two expressions similar?

With the intent of a "quick look" now only a fading memory, I happened to notice a 1.75L bottle of a non-bourbon product named after a game bird on special for a mere $25.99. For me, the purchase of 1.75 liters of any liquor is a leap of faith, due to my constantly changing taste so far. Worst case, I'm sure my cheapskate son will take it off my hands.

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Oh, and one more thing... Which one of you sneaked into my house and made off with my OGD 114? I would have sworn that I bought a bottle about a month ago, and now I can't find it. I've looked in all three locations where I customarily stash liquor. My wife doesn't drink liqour at all, and my son drinks only s-----. I'm totally stumped. Has this ever happened to you?

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield