We haven't reported news this dismal since the shutdown of the Huy Fong sriracha factory — America is facing a full-fledged bourbon shortage with no end in sight. Buffalo Trace explains the predicament:
"Last year we warned consumers that a shortage was looming, but many markets across the nation are just now feeling the full effects . . . Despite the increase in distillation over the past few years, bourbon demand still outpaces supply. Bourbon must be matured in new oak barrels and we age many of our barrels for eight to ten years, and some over two decades. That's a long time to wait for a bottle of bourbon. Not to mention, with the amount of bourbon lost to evaporation over time, barrels are half empty after ten years. The increase in sales, coupled with the aging process and evaporation loss, leads to a shortage with no end in sight."
So basically, stock up on the finest bottles or prepare to pay higher prices. In the meantime, drown your sorrows with one of these stiff bourbon cocktails before the bourbon apocalypse becomes full-fledged.
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