Sunday, February 24, 2019

Some Bottles go to Heaven. Others Don't.

This article originally appeared on Bourbon & Banter on October 19, 2016, and can be found it its entirety here.

You’ve poured yourself that last little bit of whiskey from the bottle. Now that you’ve savored that final drop, the empty bottle is standing on the table next to you. What do you do with it? Most people might look at the empty bottle and toss it in the trash. Wait a minute; you’re a responsible citizen. You don’t just throw it in the trash; you put it in the recyclable bin, right?
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know whiskey is enjoying a huge resurgence and boom, particularly with American whiskeys. Big-name labels that sat on the shelves forever just a couple years ago are now almost impossible to find. There’s an extensive gray market out there to “assist” in the redistribution of wealth – meaning, some areas of the country see a larger number of these precious bottles and others won’t receive much, if anything, at all.
Try to find Elmer T. Lee, Old Weller, or a handful of other labels, and you’ll walk away from the store disappointed. Want BTAC or Pappy? Give me a minute to stop laughing. Go online, though, and you’ll see a lot of people offering to trade or sell these bottles.

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