Age statements disappearing and demand rising make me think theres not that much old whiskey gathering dust in rickhouses these days. I think often about things like the PHC golden anniversary bottle and that video clip where the heaven hill rep laughingly says that really old whiskey is basically just used as a coloring agent.
Still, many of these distilleries are centuries old, theres got to be some waiting in the wings somewhere. It seems strange to imagine for instance BT aging barrels to 23 years without a few slipping through the van winkle quality control, but what would happen to them? Is the answer to this question "they get sold off to an NDP?"
Sure seems like there wont be much juice to ever get that old these days, unless theres another bust. I bet if nothing else these over aged barrels get archived in some fashion, I know BT has a long-running library of old bottlings.