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    Buffalo Trace Shortage

    Saw this today on The Bourbon Guys facebook page. Recent take on old news.

    I thought there was a thread about the BT shortage but couldn't find it. Moderators, please merge with another thread if appropriate.

    http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/20...t-needs-to-be/

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    Re: Buffalo Trace Shortage

    What I think is interesting is that I've seen many stores now with single barrel Buffalo Trace offerings for better pricing than I saw Buffalo Trace sold for in the past. I used to pay $22-24 for BT when I started on the bourbon path years ago, and I see the private barrel picks going for $19.99. I would think that facing a shortage, unless they think of cutting proof (see how well that worked for Makers!), they're going to have to kill some labels, or raise prices. And it used to be that "single barrel pick" meant you likely would get something a smidge better than the retail vatting (not always). Seems like they would price that a bit above - or just raise the price on BT in general.

    Note - I'm not REQUESTING anyone raise prices Just seems counter-intuitive when you are facing (and advertising) a shortage to cut prices. Unless you're going to deal with them in some other fashion.
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    Re: Buffalo Trace Shortage

    I haven't seen any decrease in price around me, including on barrel select single barrel BT. Always around $22-$25. I would take your findings as more of an isolated incident. The last thing I am finding with bourbon, low end or high end, is price decreases.

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    Re: Buffalo Trace Shortage

    Currently in KY, the BT distributor is out of: buffalo trace, blantons, AAA, Elmer T Lee, Sazarac rye, weller 12, and rock Hill farms.

    We did receive a single case of Blantons last week along with 2 bottles of rock hill this week. Luckily we stocked up on AAA and Elmer months ago and we have a private barrel BT coming soon.

    They also told me to expect eagle rare to run out soon too.

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    Re: Buffalo Trace Shortage

    I have noticed less stock piles of Buffalo Trace is retail stores recently. Just a few years ago, the stuff was every where and often at prices ranging from $17.99 to $19.99. The range is now $19.99 to $21.99. I have seen a similar bump in price for Eagle Rare. I haven't seen ETL in months. WL 12 is becoming more difficult to find (OWA and WSR not so much). Rarely see Sazarac but it can be found.

    I have seen the same situation as Gary with respect to private barrel offerings. It seems that they are often priced the same or slightly less than the regular BT. I have always thought that they were similar to grocery store "loss leaders" (i.e., something to get you in the door and onto the bourbon aisle with the hope that you will buy other things or step up to more expensive offerings.)

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    Re: Buffalo Trace Shortage

    I see private store bottlings in much the same light, an inducement to customers. For my tastes though I rely on the Master Blenders at the major houses, those folks know their stuff.
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    Re: Buffalo Trace Shortage

    Sazarac whiskey products have seen a price increase across the board.

    The reason you see BT private barrels slightly cheaper is because you get a slight price break for buying 25+ cases of BT. A barrel is 26-30 cases.

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    Buffalo Trace Shortage

    I will say that here in GA I have seen more stores jump on the private selection band wagon in the last year than I have ever seen. It almost like we went from no selections to everyone having one overnight.

    Typically it's BT. What scares me though is the amount of stores jumping on the 4 Roses train. When I see a story about Rutledge discussing a shortage, that will be panic time in my opinion.

    "Hide your kids, hide your wife" panic time . . .


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    Re: Buffalo Trace Shortage

    This last shipment of Baby Saz to land in MA was priced at 26.99 at my local haunt, a drop from 29.99, and the owner noted that the wholesale price had gone down slightly, which we both expressed surprise at.

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    Re: Buffalo Trace Shortage

    I've seen BT climbing toward $24 (or higher!) at a lot of places around the Twin Cities over the last year, when it used to be below $20 pretty much everywhere. On the other hand, I can get a store picked SB for $19.99, and it's significantly better whiskey than the standard bottling.
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