Originally Posted by sftiger
NYI how are you so good at this? Are you constantly hunting around sketchy neighborhood liquor stores for dusties? I generally stop by liquor stores in new places I'm visiting but have never found anything worth writing home about except occasionally cask strength private barrels of stuff like FRSiB, which aren't particularly rare anyway (but are delicious!)
Honestly....yes. It's a lot of time, and the summer enables me to do it. I hit places as far away as three hours from the city, grab a buddy, get up at 6, hit the road by 630 and get to the places where I want to be by the time they open...spend the day hunting and get home late at night. This summer was fruitful, because I've been out once a week basically. Sometimes twice. Yesterday I was out all day....all I found was an older Michters 10 Bourbon...hit at least 30 stores. The more I read on teh topic, on forums and such, the more I know what to be looking for. I did get lucky with a few private barrel picks (Julios just got their WFE 13 year in) and a few other RR and OWAs were in some of the places I stopped at. Once I'm back to work, it'll most likely be closer trips once a month. I miss hanging with my kids too much during the school year to do it more often than that.