Sometime around mid January when all of cryptocurrency was at it’s apparent peak, I dove into the world of trading actual cash for invisible cash. It started with Coinbase and as I invested money into Ethereum, Litecoin, and Bitcoin. Then, I discovered you could day trade with Coinbase’s exchange and I began doing that. I ended up doing nothing but losing money so instead I switched tactics and began investing in Altcoins, which are simply other coins that no one knows shit about except for some people on Reddit. I created a Binance account and started moving coins over from Coinbase to buy alt coins. I bought a bunch of these little bastards, none of them ever went up. Seriously, crypto is shit. I recommended crypto to a buddy of mine in January as well. He no longer talks to me on a daily basis. The only other time I tried investing, I bought shares of barnesandnoble.com when it went live some 15 years ago. I also told my parents to buy shares. We all bought in at 24 bucks. Last I heard the stock was de-listed at around 8 cents. I just need to stick to bourbon.
Speaking of bourbon, lots of sort of exciting stuff has happened since I last picked up the keyboard.
A rickhouse at 1792 collapsed sending barrels everywhere. No one was hurt except for the ego of the architect who built it in 1600’s or whatever. I mean seriously, if you have been to Kentucky on the bourbon trail you have been inside these really old rickhouses. Yes they are cool as shit, they smell wonderful, and really they are kind of a engineering marvel when it comes to the pulley system to rotate barrels. Having said that, I do always feel like the things could collapse at any moment. I usually stood by the door during tours, or hovered near a really tall guy that I could hide under in the event of a collapse. Lots of speculation remains as to what happens to the barrels that contained bourbon (yes some of those barrels had rum or tequila possibly, Barton does a lot of contract distilling), but we still could end up with a 3k bottle ‘Warehouse Collapse’ release that will run around $13,999 per bottle and will taste like regular 1792. I can’t wait.
Speaking of expensive shit, all the rare releases these days are…well…expensive as shit. Kentucky Owl just released batch 2 of it’s very popular rye. This time around retail price jumped from $129 or so to $199. The proof went down for this batch, the age stayed the same. It was a good deal first time around if there was no markup. I swear I got a few bottles around $124 with tax. $199 is too high, and I won’t buy it. Give me more age or make it barrel proof and we can consider it, but not the same for more. I’m tired of that routine. I have enough bourbon to last me through the next ice age, and I don’t need or want to buy the same for more money.
A couple of other really expensive releases are on the way. Wild Turkey recently came out with Russel Reserve 2002, a 3k bottle or so release of 15 year old bourbon. RR 1998 was one of the best releases ever in my opinion, so for $250 I would buy 1 of these. Unfortunately I was on vacation when it landed in Atlanta, so I missed the boat. This Fall, Heaven Hill is releasing a very limited 27 year bourbon for like $399. I bought a ton of their 24 year Parker’s Heritage a couple years ago for $249 and I loved it. I don’t know if I want one of these though. I’ll prob get one in the end because curiosity always kills me. Old Forester released some really really rare bourbon called King of Kentucky. I don’t know retail but last I saw it was like $799 on Secondary markets.
I guess the distilleries have all kind of figured out this market. Low bottle count, lots of years, a high retail price, and send it out to the wild and watch as it flies off the shelves. Unless of course it’s a Woodford Master Collection….
I’ll get back to doing some reviews once the companies start sending me samples again. Seems like they all kind of figured out I was just drinking their samples without writing. It was a nice gig for about 6 months or so, but it’s time to get back to work. SEND ME THE GOODS AGAIN!
Also for those of you who made it to the end of this article, thanks again and I’ll leave you with a little something. For this year’s Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, it looks like there is 1 significant change this year that hasn’t been done since the collection started. That’s all I’m going to give you. Cheers!!