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    Post #1 - January 4th, 2019, 10:53 am
    Post #1 - January 4th, 2019, 10:53 am Post #1 - January 4th, 2019, 10:53 am
    Led by Cult Bourbons, Distillers Dream of a ‘Napa-fication’ of Kentucky

    at nytimes.com, Clay Risen wrote:In September 2014, a bourbon brand called Kentucky Owl began to appear on liquor-store shelves around Louisville. The American whiskey market was booming, and dozens of new bourbons were showing up each year. But Kentucky Owl was different. Released exclusively within the state in tiny quantities and produced by the scion of an old Kentucky whiskey family, it had an undeniable mystique — and a price tag of $170.

    To skeptics, Kentucky Owl was proof that the whiskey trend had reached its Tulip Mania moment. At the time, few bourbons commanded even $50 at retail. Plus, the man behind the brand, Dixon Dedman, didn’t even make the whiskey himself; he bought barrels from other distilleries, then blended them. Surely the bubble was about to pop.

    It didn’t. Within a few weeks, nearly every bottle of Kentucky Owl had sold out. On the secondary market, flippers were asking — and getting — five times what they had paid in stores. “Before you knew it, before anybody had reviewed it, you had people camping out to buy a bottle of Kentucky Owl,” said Fred Minnick, the editor of Bourbon+ magazine and the author of “Bourbon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of an American Whiskey.”

    I'm truly torn by the trends reported in this piece. On the one hand, I'm really happy to see bourbon take its rightful place in the world of spirits. On the other hand, this type of booming mainstream popularity isn't good news for long-time fans or anyone who's used to having reasonably-priced access. In some ways, the Kentucky Owl story represents everything that's truly wrong with the bourbon scene these days.

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