In the stores that are doing the private barrels see if you can taste the 9 or 14 before you buy them... I had a 9 that was pretty good but I blindly bought one from another local store and it is completely undrinkable. A friend was picking a 14 for his store and all 3 samples he received were so bad that we poured out what little we put into our glasses and he shipped the samples directly back to Dickel. I had a few people try my 9 yr bottle this weekend and no one could even palate more than a sip so it is not just me