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    Buffalo Trace leaving Virginia shelves?

    I was in my local ABC store the other day, and was surprised when I didn't see a single bottle of BT on the shelves. I also noticed that there were few or no bottles of other BT labels like Ancient Age, Elmer T. Lee, etc. I asked the clerks about it, and they told me that Buffalo Trace had been "discontinued" from their product line. However, they didn't seem to know if this was just for their store, or for the entire VA ABC system.

    I haven't had the chance to check other ABC stores, but has anyone else in VA (or elsewhere) had this experience? I was surprised, because they always kept a lot of BT in stock. Even the clerks admitted they sold out pretty quickly once they stopped restocking. Being a BT fan, I'm very disappointed to see this happening, even if it is only one store.


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    Re: Buffalo Trace leaving Virginia shelves?

    I know that the Ancient Ancient Age 10yr. has basically disappeared from store shelves. My parents are in Myrtle Beach right now and I was going to have them get me a bottle of AAA while traveling through Virginia. The Virginia ABC website still lists it, but I couldn't locate any stores that had it that were near the route they were traveling. I know that BT has numerous brands on allocation and supplies of some are tight!

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    Re: Buffalo Trace leaving Virginia shelves?

    It has been a stated fact that AAA was leaving Virginia. It was going to be released in Kentucky only and a couple large out of state buyers (Binny's was one). I don't know about the rest of the Trace products though.
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    Re: Buffalo Trace leaving Virginia shelves?

    My last trip to kentucky, I didn't see any AAA and Binnys no longer has it on its website either!

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    Re: Buffalo Trace leaving Virginia shelves?

    AAA 10yo is all over the place in Louisville.

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    Re: Buffalo Trace leaving Virginia shelves?

    UPDATE: I was able to visit another ABC store today. Didn't have time to take a full inventory of BT products because I was on the way elsewhere. Like the first store, they had no BT at all. There were two bottles of ETL (one of which I snagged) and a handful of AAA 10yr. Better than the first place, but still a disappointing stock in my book, especially for the lack of straight-up BT. I wasn't able to get anything helpful from the staff at the second store, either (oh, for a good liquor store clerk!).



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    Re: Buffalo Trace leaving Virginia shelves?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aged In Oak View Post
    . There were two bottles of ETL (one of which I snagged) and a handful of AAA 10yr.

    Andy
    So did you pick up some AAA 10yo?? I had some tonight, fantastic stuff!

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    Re: Buffalo Trace leaving Virginia shelves?

    I live in California, and Buffalo Trace is just beginning to appear here, altho other BT products have been here for a while.

    Do you think they are pulling it from some markets to make an introduction in others? I'd like to think they have enough to go around to everyone! BUT>>>you never know about how/why the distilleries marketing does what it does

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    Re: Buffalo Trace leaving Virginia shelves?

    I was in two ABC stores in Northern VA and they had plenty of BT products on the shelves: AA, AAA 10 star, BT, ETL, ER, and of course, Blanton's. Surprisingly, one store had Weller 7/107. I would be very skeptical of claims that they were going to remove all BT products.

    However, I can make some calls and get a more definitive answer on Monday or Tuesday.
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    Re: Buffalo Trace leaving Virginia shelves?

    Quote Originally Posted by mgilbertva View Post
    I was in two ABC stores in Northern VA and they had plenty of BT products on the shelves: AA, AAA 10 star, BT, ETL, ER, and of course, Blanton's. Surprisingly, one store had Weller 7/107. I would be very skeptical of claims that they were going to remove all BT products.

    However, I can make some calls and get a more definitive answer on Monday or Tuesday.

    Good to know. I agree that the idea of removing all BT products would seem a little strange. I could understand cutting back on some of the higher-end or less popular (in terms of sales) variants, but I don't understand regular BT missing from the shelves. Even one store "discontinuing" the flagship bottling seems odd, unless it happens to be in a some area where no one happens to buy it.
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