Also, since it's Christmas break and I have more time on my hands than usual, I took a few minutes to submit the following letter to Luxco's website:
I recently purchased one of your products - David Nicholson Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon - and was wondering if you could clarify a confusing detail regarding its labeling.
Specifically, the back label of the bottle states that the whiskey was distilled at DSP-KY-16, which is the government code for the Stitzel-Weller distillery. This distillery has been closed since 1993, and has a storied reputation among bourbon enthusiasts, so I was extremely excited to find what purported to be a vintage bottle from such a famed and historic source.
Some information I've found on the internet since arriving home with my purchase has made me question the veracity of the label, however. Specifically, there are multiple reports that David Nicholson is being made at Heaven Hill's Bernheim facility (DSP-KY-1), and that the labels have not been changed to reflect this situation - despite the fact that it has been over 20 years since any whiskey was distilled at DSP-KY-16.
If it is true that the bottle I purchased based primarily on its stated provenance is actually from a different source, I strongly feel that 1) I should be compensated, either monetarily or with a correctly labeled bottle from DSP-KY-16, for the expenditure I made as a result of your false advertising, 2) you should immediately correct your labels on all future bottlings to reflect the genuine origin of the contents (and to become compliant with federal regulations under Chapter 27.1.A.§5.36), and 3) you should make a public announcement apologizing for the misinformation so as to prevent other consumers from being misled by the mislabeled product currently on the market.
I sincerely hope that this problem was the result of an innocent oversight, and that your company will take all necessary steps to fix it immediately. The Bottled-in-Bond Act is not something that bourbon enthusiasts such as myself take lightly, though, and if I do not feel that this matter is resolved satisfactorily I will not hesitate to share my concerns with the TTB.
Thank you for your time, and happy holidays!