Yesterday I was browsing the shelves of a respected Seattle wine and spirits merchant and saw Old Grand Dad 114 for $30.95 and Elmer T. Lee for $44.95. These prices seem high, but include 27% in state taxes built into the shelf tag price and are average among Washington State retailers. Only the biggest national chains are able to sell lower due to nationally negotiated pricing contracts (and other slimy, likely illegal business tactics).
Washington also has crazy sales and sin taxes on spirits, so my out-the-door price on the OGD114 would be $40.12 and the ETL checks out at $56.99.
It made me really question what I consider value pours because these prices put them on par with what others are paying for ultra-premium brands and limited releases.
Being on the west coast where it often takes a full day of driving to reach beyond one adjacent state, I don't have ready access to other markets. I'm curious if others, particularly on the east coast, use state lines as a shopping "tool" when making every day purchases.