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  1. #91
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    Re: BTAC and Van Winkle nonsense

    I have not bought any of the BTAC in the last 2 years. Lots in the bunker. I stocked up when it was 42 to 50 $ per. I passed up both ryes at the NH state store at $ 55, too much for me. So much good stuff out there at 15 to 30 $, can't justify the price. I thought the new 10 yr jefferson rye at $30 was good stuff.

  2. #92
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    Re: BTAC and Van Winkle nonsense

    I agree, the prices and allocations are getting out of hand. Just saw the Van Winkle 10/90 and 10/107 both priced at 70 bucks...? 15 year was $120 and 20 was about $160. Count me out. Picked up some Lagavulin 12 cask strength for $50 instead. I wonder who is doing their pricing, ha!

  3. #93
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    Re: BTAC and Van Winkle nonsense

    Yep. Stopped at a store in Dallas I had never been to today. They received NINE bottles total, with a waiting list of 89 people. They used a lottery format - drawing names at random to see who got the bottles.

    Looks like my regular sources in Fort Worth didn't get ANY. So I'll have to make do with what I have for another year. Oh well.

    At least there are plenty of other bourbons I like that are not ridiculously scarce.
    Mark Edwards - Proof of Sanity Forged Upon Request

  4. #94
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    Re: BTAC and Van Winkle nonsense

    I thought I was the only one that was getting discouraged with high prices and very limited opportunities to taste the highly sought after bottles. Recently I read where a woman sprayed her fellow Wal-Mart shoppers with pepper spray to get that prized last Xbox. I bought a can of the bear spray stuff. You know, the big fire extinguisher size bottle. Now I go into the stores ready to discourage others that would snatch the last bottle before I can wrestle them out of the way.

    In all my cyclic years of hope and disappointment, I have only scored one bottle of PVW20 and GTS. They taste great and I sip slowly. I probably won't last long enough for the laws of probability to fall in my favor again.

    I joined SB so I could at least read about those fabled bourbons. What I've learned here and in practice is the best bourbon in the world is the one in your glass. The rarest bourbon in the world is that last nanoliter in the bottom of your last bottle.

    Here's to the best!
    Often I am forced to deal with the fact that I prefer bourbon over dealing with facts.

  5. #95
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    Re: BTAC and Van Winkle nonsense

    Quote Originally Posted by Dramiel McHinson View Post
    What I've learned here and in practice is the best bourbon in the world is the one in your glass. The rarest bourbon in the world is that last nanoliter in the bottom of your last bottle.
    Wiser words have never been spoken.

    B
    "Life is life and fun is fun, but it's all so quiet when the goldfish die."

  6. #96
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    Re: BTAC and Van Winkle nonsense

    Quote Originally Posted by b33k4y View Post
    Picked up some Lagavulin 12 cask strength for $50 instead. I wonder who is doing their pricing, ha!
    Do they do mail order? That's an amazing price! Rarely see it down here at all, and usually upper $80s-$90s! I bought my last bottle on sale for $80 and thought it was a steal.

  7. #97

    Re: BTAC and Van Winkle nonsense

    That's what I did Friday (12/9)..New Jersey got it's Pappy order..friend at worked took me on a state tour...20miles for 20Yr...then 10mile for 20yr, 15yr and 12yr.

    Never had this Brand...Let's see over Christmas what I got into..

  8. #98
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    Re: BTAC and Van Winkle nonsense

    Quote Originally Posted by fishnbowljoe View Post
    We perpetuate the truths and myths, and even the unknown about the Pappy bottlings, and the BTAC. We raise questions, and there is interest. We sing its praises and give it huzzahs, and that in turn raises interest. Seems to me we propagate everything ourselves. The end justifies the means I guess. We give the lurkers and profiteers all the ammunition they need so as to profit from our mistakes. Sad but true.

    Absolutely, totally, 100% in agreement. Those Van Winkle boys are masters of advertising and misdirection- simply by getting us as interested in their product as they have!
    Quote Originally Posted by SMOWK View Post
    I like to save up the charred bits in the bottom of the unfiltered stuff. When I have enough, I pour milk on it and eat it.

  9. #99
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    Re: BTAC and Van Winkle nonsense

    Quote Originally Posted by B.B. Babington View Post
    Bottled 2001. Distilled 1983. This Saz18 is one of the best whiskeys/whiskys I've ever had.
    I have a bottle of '01 chillin somewhere. I tried the 08 and thought it was okay. I tried the 09 and didn't care for it. You're telling me I SHOULD open this bottle??? What are the differences between an 01 and an 08?
    Quote Originally Posted by SMOWK View Post
    I like to save up the charred bits in the bottom of the unfiltered stuff. When I have enough, I pour milk on it and eat it.

  10. #100

    Re: BTAC and Van Winkle nonsense

    Quote Originally Posted by ErichPryde View Post
    ...Those Van Winkle boys are masters of advertising and misdirection...
    It is interesting that they don't know how much SW they have left. Was this the last year? Is next year the last year? Of course we can give benefit of doubt that they don't know how much they would bottle. But Pappy20 is excellent. I opened a bottle last night and then looked at the bottle to find a quarter gone.

 

 

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