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  1. #11
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    Re: Whiskey getting harder to find

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Meruck wrote: Work day.....??? how would you know Squire?

    Lucky guess on my part.
    Okay, Squire. You can wander back off to retirement now.

    Really, I think that most of the shortages will manifest in the trendier bottles. We're lucky here in that we recognize a quality bottle for what's inside, not for the special holographic, laser-etched label, or for whatever everyone's drooling over this month. We're in a good position to hunker down with our VOB and HH BIB and weather the storm. I'm not worried. (yet)
    -Brian-

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    Re: Whiskey getting harder to find

    Will do but think I'll wander by the liquor store first.

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    Re: Whiskey getting harder to find

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Will do but think I'll wander by the liquor store first.
    Dang you retired guys getting to the store first, while the rest of us are out working! *shaking fist*

    Clearly, we have stumbled on the real reason why we can't find stuff, the hoards of retirees have snapped it up first. Probably gloat about it over their early bird dinner too while the rest of the world is just thinking about leaving the office....


    But seriously, Squire, I believe most of us, myself included, envy and look forward to the time when we are in the same position as you.

    Thanks for livening up my day.

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

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    Bourbon Boom Causes Periodic Bourbon Shortages At Buffalo Trace Distillery

    Buffalo Trace sent out this press release yesterday, thought I'd share it. It's an interesting way of dealing with the same issue that Maker's Mark has:

    BOURBON BOOM CAUSES PERIODIC BOURBON SHORTAGES AT BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY

    FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (May 22, 2013) Bourbon whiskey consumption has been on a roll, and Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries are struggling to keep up with demand. Nowhere is this more true than at Buffalo Trace Distillery, producer of brands such as Blanton’s, Buffalo Trace, and Pappy Van Winkle.
    Despite the increase in distillation over the past few years, demand for bourbon is outpacing supply. Bourbon must be matured in new oak barrels and Buffalo Trace ages many of its barrels for eight to ten years, and some even as long as 23 years. That’s a long time to wait for a bottle of bourbon. Not to mention, with the amount of bourbon lost to evaporation each year a barrel is half empty after ten years. This is the price paid for well-aged whiskey, but not good news for a world thirsty for every drop of bourbon coming out of this 226-year-old Distillery.
    “We are making more bourbon every day. Our warehouses are filling up with new barrels. Waiting for the bourbon to come of age is the hard part. While we wait, there could be temporary product shortages, even on favorites like Buffalo Trace, and Eagle Rare,” said Kris Comstock, bourbon marketing director.
    “This announcement is not meant as some sort of scare tactic to get people hoarding bourbon. We always want to be upfront with our fans. We won’t take drastic measures to mitigate the shortages, such as raising prices excessively, lowering the proof or reducing the age of our whiskies,” continued Comstock. “We’ve made a commitment to quality that we’re not willing to compromise. What this means is that there simply may be times when some of our brands are missing from store shelves.”
    Comstock stresses that any bourbon shortages from Buffalo Trace will be temporary, as new barrels are coming of age and are being bottled daily at the Distillery, and will soon find their way to the liquor store shelves and bars. He notes, “We just ask our fans to remember, aging good bourbon takes time, and we’re doing our best to keep up.”

    Over the years the Distillery has taken several steps to try to prevent any shortages, such as increasing distillation, installing additional bottling lines, hiring more people, and managing brands on allocation. In fact, Buffalo Trace will hire another person dedicated to watching and balancing bourbon inventory with sales. Because of these efforts, Buffalo Trace Bourbon continues to become more available each year, as well as Weller, Eagle Rare, and Blanton’s. It just might not be enough. Buffalo Trace estimates the bourbon shortage could start at any time and may last a few years, based on current sales trends.

    About Buffalo Trace Distillery
    Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery's rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com. To download images from Buffalo Trace Distillery visitwww.buffalotracemediakit.com.
    Geoff Kleinman, Editor - Drink Spirits

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    Bourbon Boom Causes Periodic Bourbon Shortages At Buffalo Trace Distillery

    Jim

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    Re: Whiskey getting harder to find

    You're welcome, it's a lifestyle I highly recommend.

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    Re: Whiskey getting harder to find

    I have been noticing a few things lately:

    VWFRR I have not been able to get for a few years.
    Saz Jr. is now turning into a once a year event.
    Weller 12 has been drying up.
    The 4R LTD stuff is now at seemingly 2x the bottle production but harder to get.
    I stopped chasing Pappy15 a few years ago as well.

    Thankfully, I can be pretty darn happy with mid-shelfers.
    ~Robert BTOTY #2 2009

    GBS Member - 2011 Indoctrination

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    Re: Whiskey getting harder to find

    That's the Zen of Bourbon, being content with what we can reach and we don't need long arms.

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    Re: Whiskey getting harder to find

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    That's the Zen of Bourbon, being content with what we can reach and we don't need long arms.
    Absolutely. Great thought!
    http://whiskeylist.blogspot.com/ downloadable spreadsheet of over 2000 North American Whiskies

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    Re: Whiskey getting harder to find

    I guess I'm lucky to work in a distillery... I have no shortage of whiskey... ever...

 

 

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