If the Van Winkle family is upset about the resale market on their bourbon and wants the "everyman" and hopefully enthusiasts to be able to procure it, is there a way for us SB'ers to be able to negotiate something directly? I know the three-tier spirits distribution system makes it hard for individuals to purchase directly from distillers. But surely there's something we could do! Some sort of subscription, like 2 bottles each? One to drink now, one to keep for later. Maybe it would be a bit like those "wine of the month" clubs.
Or maybe we could make our own "Van Blankle" by going in on a barrel... Van SBlankle?
I'm just thinking aloud as a result of mulling some of the issues surrounding the PVW availability. I don't even have it on my radar because it's so unlikely to surface for a reasonable price.