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  1. #1
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    Weller 12 flying off the shelves?

    I've seen Chuck's and other's recent posts about shortages at Buffalo Trace. Usually Weller 12 is mentioned somewhere, and one or two responses typically say "Come to Texas! We have tons of Weller 12!"

    I stopped at two stores at lunch (one ATX Specs and one shady place off Airport) and both had shelf space designated for Weller 12, but no bottles. There were plenty of Special Reserve and OWA 107 nearby.

    I know two random stores don't indicate a trend, but found it very odd. Combine this with my last bottle of W12 being pretty skunky (compared to previous delicious bottles), and I'm going into conspiracy-theory mode.

    Anyone else seeing empty shelves?
    Last edited by michang5; 06-26-2013 at 12:59.

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    Re: Weller 12 flying off the shelves?

    I'm one who says "Come to Texas! We have tons of Weller 12!" There are at least 50 Spec's stores in town and hundreds of mom and pop's. So, going to 2 stores and not seeing would not be all that unusual. The Spec's downtown is the one that most of us are referring to when we say Spec's and their site shows it in stock. http://www.specsonline.com/cgi-bin/s...&pageid=search
    If you want to make sure they have it call before hand. I see it more in chain stores than I do in smaller stores. The small stores are about 50/50.
    I've never tried GTS with any sort of soda. Maybe I'm missing out; but I'm OK with that.

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    Re: Weller 12 flying off the shelves?

    Standard Maker's Mark started flying off the shelves when people thought it was going away. I wouldn't be that surprised if this was a conspiracy to test the waters to see if they can increase interest and desirability by playing up the shortage.

    Panic buying makes customers buy things in quantity that might not even be on the normal shopping list. So let's say a store normally stocks 3 cases of Weller 12 that takes 2 months to sell. If a shortage is announced, there might be two people that instantly go out and buy 6+ bottles, casual fans might buy a few more, and "speculators" might pick some up that they don't even plan on drinking. All of a sudden the shelves are empty, the distributor is out, and people start going into "bunker mode."

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    Re: Weller 12 flying off the shelves?

    I know I've seen it in a couple of locations in ATX in the last couple of weeks. It may not be time for a full-blown conspiracy just yet. Try the Twin at Lavaca and 16th before you decide Big Bourbon has hatched a plot.

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    Re: Weller 12 flying off the shelves?

    Finding Weller 12 on the shelves is becoming a little more hit and miss. Supposedly last year was the first year for Weller 12 as a once yearly release. Various "oddities" that happen in dealings with distributors is probably a factor in some areas too. You just never know any more.

    Joe
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    Re: Weller 12 flying off the shelves?

    Here in Phoenix, AZ, it comes out in November and sells out in about 4 months (last two years, anyway). Once it sells out, the website for our big chain store says "expected back in stock: November".

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    Weller 12 flying off the shelves?

    Crisis averted and conspiracies dispelled!

    Third store (neighborhood store in north-central Austin) visited today had three bottles of W12. Picked up a bottle along with an OWA. Need to replenish my SB Blend.

    Carry on. Nothing to see here.

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    Re: Weller 12 flying off the shelves?

    Meandering through stores around Atlanta, I haven't seen it in the past month or two (although I can't say I've been specifically looking for it).
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    Re: Weller 12 flying off the shelves?

    You're not far from Houston. Might as well drop by and see the largest liquor store in Texas while you're here...and you might find more of what you are looking for.
    I've never tried GTS with any sort of soda. Maybe I'm missing out; but I'm OK with that.

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    Re: Weller 12 flying off the shelves?

    Quote Originally Posted by smknjoe View Post
    You're not far from Houston. Might as well drop by and see the largest liquor store in Texas while you're here...and you might find more of what you are looking for.
    That downtown Spec's is a hell of a place.

 

 

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