You are mistaken. They limit what they create. 6-8 thousand bottles/yr of Pappy is selling like wildfire right now and they are increasing to 15k bottles/year but don't want to overcommit to a market that is based on what's fashionable at the time. Same thing with Blanton's. You gotta remember that they are making decisions on what will happen a decade or more for now because of the aging process.It's both, and more. Bt limits what they sell, creating an artificial shortage that drives the demand.
Not BT's fault and full of people who could do a little research and get the same mash bill from the same factory for much less if they really like the taste.People want what they can't have. And alot of the blame is with the customers, who buy it, then resell it on the secondary market.
And they are the one's holding it back. Not BT. BT puts out all that is ready for each year.I'm not ok with the owners lying, so please don't think I am. But they get maybe six bottles of blantonstwo or three times a year. ( If that is true, can't say.)
That's the same everywhere. And if I'm a store owner I would like to get it into the hands of good customers who want to drink it rather than facebook/craigsliste flippers. So you seem to see the point.Do they sell it to the customer who buys thousands of dollars worth of booze from them, or the random shmuck who has never been in the store before? Especially considering that the new guy might just resell that bottle on a facebook group the same day, doubling his money. Also, the people asking for it are almost always new to bourbon, and just want bt. They usually leave without even considering other brands.
I don't buy it. I'm not a wheated bourbon guy so Pappy, Weller, etc.. aren't on my list anyway. I have a bottle of Blanton's and it will last a long time because I can just get a bottle of Ancient Age 10 star for $25 and enjoy the same mash bill from the same factory.So my solution is to not play that game. I won't buy it, and I'll try to steer people into bourbons made by other companies.
Anyway, that's how the bt game is played, and not just in one store. It's like that everywhere. So instead of getting hung up on it, try something else. Tons of great bourbon out there, almost all good in their own way.
My point is that you are putting the blame and penalty on Buffalo Trace. It doesn't belong there and there are a couple dozen other Bourbons they make that people should continue to enjoy.
Saying to boycott all of Buffalo Trace products because your employer holds back bottles of something that Buffalo Trace can't/won't risk making fast enough to meet today's demand is not the right way to go.