And there, much to my delight, was Wild Turkey Rare Breed. At 35 % off the regular price.
It is a barrel proof bourbon, which means it is bottled just as it comes out of the barrel (new charred white oak) and not watered down to lower the proof to what those of lesser constitutions can handle. Rare Breed runs 108.4 proof. Deep dark amber color. And with a beautiful bourbon burn to it. Oh man.
Much to my delight I say because it's usual price is a bit stiff for regular weekly consumption. The deep discount, however, brought it to the same price as regular 101 proof Wild Turkey. This was too good to pass up.
No brainer, I grabbed 2 of the 3 bottles on the shelf (didn't want to short myself on cash).
Walked to the counter. Manager was running the register.
"I put one out and you grabbed it and another."
'Yeah, can't pass this up. What's the story with such a low price?"
"They're not bottling it anymore. At least for a while. Maybe special runs now and again."
I was shaken to my very core.
"Quick, kid, go grab that third bottle."
"As a matter of fact I was going to buy that last one myself. Didn't realize it would go so quickly."
"Oh, you like it too? Then I shall let a fellow afficionado have it. But you better hurry, there's only 1 left."
As soon as he rang me up, I saw him hightail it to grab that last bottle, though there were other people still in line.
But you know, they were all smiling at him as he grabbed it.
Austin Nichols Distilling Co.
drink responsibly. give someone else the keys. better still, just don't leave the bar.