Saturday, October 6, 2012

Bourbon Hunting, Washington, DC

My wife and I took a little Saturday afternoon drive today to hit several DC liquor stores.  I wasn't looking for anything in particular, although I was kind of wondering if any store had some of the sought after Buffalo Trace Antique Collection yet (sadly, no).

One reason I like bourbon hunting is to get a good handle on the prices in the area.  For example, a bourbon I really like, one that I bunkered, is the E.H. Taylor Tornado Surviving Bourbon.  I bought my first bottle at Pearson's for $79.99 and the bottle I bunkered I bought at Schneider's of Capitol Hill for $69.99.  One store I stopped at today was selling the exact same bottle for $101!  Either my bottle has increased in value very quickly, or that store is trying to rip me off!  Basically, I just like knowing what everyone is charging for bourbon.

I'm also really looking forward to the day I walk into a liquor store and find a left behind bottle of Pappy or a dusty bottle of ND Old Grand-Dad 114.  It hasn't happened yet, but it won't happen unless I try...

I didn't end up buying any bourbon, despite visiting six stores.  I did buy a couple of beers.  One, Allagash Curieux, is maybe my favorite beer.  Ironically, I found a great price for it at the same place I found the $101 bottle of E.H. Taylor.  Nicole picked up some Pumpkin beer, though I've been getting into pumpkin lately too.  I also picked up a 4 pack of Kentucky Bourbon Ale.  The Allagash and the Bourbon Ale are both aged in bourbon barrels, so, you know, close enough.