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    Ridgewood Reserve 1792 in VA!?!?

    Okay, with it being the first of the month and all, I check the monthly VA ABC specials, and lo and behold, look what shows up: Ridgewood Reserve 1792! Not only that, but it's on SALE! I haven't verified that it's actually ON THE SHELF, but what a weird surprise...particularly in light of the court ruling!?!

    http://www.abc.state.va.us/Pricelist/DISCOUNTS.html

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    Re: Ridgewood Reserve 1792 in VA!?!?

    Our local ABC store is very small, so the selection is limited. They CLAIM they can still get it. I'm skeptical, but I'll let you know. I ordered 2 bottles.

    Barton really did win in a way. I don't even care too much for it, and I'm scrambling to get it.

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    Re: Ridgewood Reserve 1792 in VA!?!?

    The federal court's ruling ordered RR off the shelves "immediately" (KY got 60-days for pre-suit bottles only) in the three non-KY states where it had been launched -- Tennessee, Florida, and Missouri -- because none had had product on the shelf before B-F's suit was filed. So, I gotta figure Virginia's launch is aborted, since it certainly is past the suit's filing (and settlement!). Of course, I've still seen it in a few stores around here as late as Thursday -- distributors, while not accepting any new orders, haven't been removing it from shelves, either -- but they won't last long even if allowed to find new homes naturally.
    I hope you get it in VA, but I think somebody's in trouble if you do.

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    Re: Ridgewood Reserve 1792 in VA!?!?

    Predictably, when I called to check on my order of RR today, I was told that "it hasn't gotten to our warehouse yet." I take that to mean it's distribution was (as expected) stopped.

    They asked if I wanted them to keep trying to get it. Why not? I said. So they will "keep trying." My tax dollars at work!

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    Re: Ridgewood Reserve 1792 in VA!?!?

    We have lost a lot of fine bourbons in Alabama (an ABC state) over the past couple of years, but this weekend I found the Ridgewood 1792 here, too. I'm not thrilled about the price ($31), but I picked up a bottle, anyway.

    I haven't tasted it, yet, but I hope to do so later this evening.

    Tim

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    Re: Ridgewood Reserve 1792 in VA!?!?

    Is it Ridgewood or Ridgemont?

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    Re: Ridgewood Reserve 1792 in VA!?!?

    If it is indeed Ridgewood, that might explain the price -- it's an original bottle the dealer has decided to price as premium because it's no longer available. It was anywhere from $20-$25 when first issued in Middle Tennessee. And, there are still scattered bottles around -- I know one store which still had a case+ (@ $19.99 per) on its shelf last time I was in. Apparently, despite orders, the distributors never picked up those bottles already distributed.
    If it's the Ridgemont you've gotten, you're correct -- that seems high-priced, since it's the same stuff sold lower earlier.

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    Re: Ridgewood Reserve 1792 in VA!?!?

    Just so, Chuck. I never even thought about it. To me, it was just Ridgewood Reserve.

    So, precisely, it is labeled "1792" in large, centered characters and in smaller characters centered under that, "Ridgemont Reserve".

    Thanks for pointing that out.

    Tim

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    Re: Ridgewood Reserve 1792 in VA!?!?

    I got all excited again that there would be this big rollout in Virginia, as their website listed it in their September sale items (as Ridgemont). Alas, the shelves are still devoid of it, at least in my area.

    I have to disagree with whoever posted that VOB BIB was a better bourbon--I own both, and 1792 is in a totally different league.


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    Re: Ridgewood Reserve 1792 in VA!?!?

    I said Very Old Barton was better, not the BIB, but rather the 86 proof (they are quite different to my taste).

    And yet, "de gustibus non est disputandum".

    Gary

 

 

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