Obviously not everybody has such problems, and I didn't realize until I started digging, just how lacking the distribution of bourbon was here in NJ, and I don't know if people here don't drink bourbon because of the lack of bourbon, or the other way around. Regardless, at times it seems clear that I am in bourbon hell.
Signs you live in bourbon hell:
1. The most pervasive and best selling bourbon is Red Stag.
2. Discussions on variety of bourbon has trouble getting past Jim Beam, Old Grand Dad and Wild Turkey.
3. Stores carry more expressions of Macallan than brands of bourbon.
4, The one store that gets Pappy 20 has it on the shelf for months on end.
5. Basil Hayden goes for the same price and is a better seller than Wild Turkey Rare Breed
6. "Top Shelf" choice in most restaurants is either Jim Beam Black or OGD 114
7. Liquor Store owner tries to tell you that "they stopped bonding bourbon in the 50's"
8. The only Weller to be found is OWA... and that has to be ordered
And I am sure there are others. Do you live in a bourbon hell State? What signs do you see?
Edit: forgot to add my Number 1 proof of Bourbon Hell... Being told Maker's Mark is the only "world class" whiskey made in the US.