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Hmm. I could have sworn that I posted this on here before, but I'm not seeing it now.

About a year back I bought an old bourbon, a Jim Beam clear bowling pin bottle from a private party nearby. This was/is my first "dusty". It was clearly unopened (old tax stamp intact), and in good condition; the gold lettering had worn in a few places. Even had the little marketing tag hanging on it. Guy said his father bought it, and it had been sitting in his basement for about 30 years.  From the markings on the bottle, and the tax stamp, as near as I could figure it had been made sometime between 1961 and 1973. A little more research showed it going at auction for about 15 times what I paid for it.  No, I didn't flip it. Opened it with some good friends, and found it to be a very good sipping whiskey. Still have about an inch left in the bottle.

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So I’ve recently picked up a new client that’s based in KY.  They were recently in town for a conference, and took them to a couple of honey holes for the following:
Weller Full Proof
Weller C.Y.P.B.
Heaven Hill 7 year BIB
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof
They were quite amazed that prices here were cheaper than what the same went for in KY.

I live in Kentucky. Although many bourbons are more available here than elsewhere, due to the popularity we do pay more.

Also, lest we forget, Kentucky has horrific sin taxes on all alcohol. Those taxes alone Jack up the retail prices considerably. The difference in prices between Covington, KY and Cincinnati, or Louisville and the IN suburbs, can be considerably different just because of KY sin taxes.

There are still large portions of the State that are dry ( no alcoholic beverages legally sold), and they push taxes, at no cost to them, on we sinners that like to imbibe .

@Insight posted:
So I’ve recently picked up a new client that’s based in KY.  They were recently in town for a conference, and took them to a couple of honey holes for the following:
Weller Full Proof
Weller C.Y.P.B.
Heaven Hill 7 year BIB
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof
They were quite amazed that prices here were cheaper than what the same went for in KY.

My friend still buys liquor online from stores in CA. Has it shipped to his son in Idaho, as it's at least 1/3 cheaper than buying it in WA, even with the shipping. Sometimes I'll piggyback on his order.

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I was aware WA had the most penal taxes on spirits in the nation, with OR a distant 2nd.  KY is apparently not even in the Top 10 states for alcohol taxes.  Perhaps the county/local authorities are adding their own taxes on top?

Otherwise, it’s just basic microeconomics of not enough supply, with way too high demand, causing prices to go up more so in KY (center of the bourbon universe) than elsewhere.

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