Kentucky bourbon lovers rejoice! The Kentucky House Committee cleared legislation that would allow restaurants and bars to purchase bottles unopened rare bottles.
Distributors very rarely will have vintage bottles unless the liquor brands release them, but now privately owned bottles are far game to bars and restaurants (on-premise to the liquor world) which have previously not been legal. For sellers and collectors, they can now legally sell their prized markets to a new channel outside of online or the black market.
Fox News reported that Eric Gregory, the president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, said he believes there are more vintage bourbons in Kentuckians’ liquor cabinets than “anyplace else in the world.”
However, before we all get too excited, this is limited to bars and restaurants in Kentucky in hopes to bolster tourism to the area for seekers of highly prized bourbon bottles. So guess it is time to plan a thirsty team trip to hunt down some very rare bottles of names like Pappy Van Winkle, Woodford Reserve, Willet’s, Old Forrester and Parker’s Heritage Collection.
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