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  1. #41
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    Re: Black Maple Hill

    Obviously, I don't and can't verify statements people make in the comments section of my blog. As we all know, this bourbon world is constantly awash with rumors that are false more often than not. BMH undoubtedly has some supply problems. They've probably had a temporary out-of-stock situation that has led to rumors it's being discontinued. It's too successful to be discontinued. As soon as they find something to put in the bottles, they'll be back.

  2. #42
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    Re: Black Maple Hill

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    Barely a decade ago we didn't have this wide selection of single barrels, barrel proofs, small batches, limited editions, and so forth you lucky chaps have today. Black Maple Hill was one of the few longer aged (16 years) Bourbons on the market and it was shamelessly hyped (read the K&L description) by those who made money selling it. I bought a couple of bottles for around $35 each before they became famous from a merchant who was tired of watching them collect dust.

    I and the members of my tasting group found it to be a very good whisky past it's prime that had become wood dominate. I believe that some customers who are recently introduced to Bourbon (say the last five years or so) pay a lot for an old whisky expecting it to be something special and finding it woody come to believe wood dominance is characteristic of fine Bourbon. It's not of course, it just means it's old, but the market moves in mysterious ways.
    Thanks for the historical perspective Squire. Being <5 yrs into this passion, even with the power of Google at my beck and call...the more recent history has been confusing on a good day.

    Curious how much longer the flood of new NDP products continues, and how that plays out against other NDP who have either established relationships (BMH by the sounds of it) or who are just biding time for their newly made product to age.

  3. #43
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    Re: Black Maple Hill

    The best way to establish a relationship with a distiller who has whisky for sale is be the highest bidder.

  4. #44
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    Re: Black Maple Hill

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    As soon as they find something to put in the bottles, they'll be back.
    And there's no telling whether what they find to fill those bottles with will be worth drinking.
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  5. #45
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    Re: Black Maple Hill

    I have a bottle open and another in the reserves. I think its good and gives a little something different in terms of flavor. I do get a little of the slick/oily attributes.

    The place I buy it at still has it available, to the right people, if anyone is looking for any.

  6. #46
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    Re: Black Maple Hill

    Quote Originally Posted by barturtle View Post
    And there's no telling whether what they find to fill those bottles with will be worth drinking.
    Don't tell that to the Bourbon Exchange. Those guys don't seem to understand that the juice inside NDP bottles change.

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    Re: Black Maple Hill

    Quote Originally Posted by barturtle View Post
    And there's no telling whether what they find to fill those bottles with will be worth drinking.
    That was my thought as well Timothy, but we may be sure of a few things:

    The whisky will be Straight Bourbon made in Kentucky, 4 years old, and, and, well I guess that's all we can be certain about.

    Oh, and it will cost 3 - 4 times more than a 6 year old bottle of 100 proof Barton.

  8. #48
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    Re: Black Maple Hill

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    The best way to establish a relationship with a distiller who has whisky for sale is be the highest bidder.
    Since I have no way of knowing how the process works, this comment intrigues me squire. The distillers contact various NDP's, and basically say " we have x number of barrels, aged x number of years, what will you give me for them?"
    The liver is evil. It must be punished...

  9. #49
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    Re: Black Maple Hill

    More like the other way around Phil, NDPs shopping for product. Interestingly, years ago such transactions would have been handled through a broker. Still, it's a business with prices determined by supply and demand.

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    Re: Black Maple Hill

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    The best way to establish a relationship with a distiller who has whisky for sale is be the highest bidder.
    Squire, you're in the running for my favorite SB quote of all time.

 

 

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