I'm of two minds about the BMH lines, of which I've had the 11-, 16-, and 21yo bourbons and the 18yo rye. They are all fine whiskies -- and maybe to those of you here used to premium Scotch prices, their prices are un-blanch-worthy. But, as American whiskies go, they are very price-y.
Keep in mind that Kentucky Bourbon Distillers (which issues them), despite the name, has not distilled for over 20 years. These are purchased whiskey, which means the Kulsveens' upfront costs are higher. Hence, higher retail, too. But, then again, I can't think of any other bourbons of the same ages (not an accident, I think) on the market. So, you can't try the same whiskey -- even if you could get them to tell you where they source it (much from Heaven Hill, presumably) -- under any other labels for less money. I try real hard to drink other's peoples' BMH
-- I've only purchased a couple myself. If they could lower the price by a third, I'd heartily recommend them.
All of which leads to pondering a potential future squeeze on non-distilling bottlers -- KBD, David Sherman Corp., McLain & Kyne, Julian Van Winkle (although he
has a working agreement with Buffalo Trace), Henry Preiss, et al. With the major bourbon distilleries currently selling virtually anything and everything they can put in a bottle, why and how can they continue selling bulk bourbon to fill these other brands (Black Maple Hill, Michter's, Ezra Brooks, Jefferson's Reserve, Sam Houston, etc.)? Will they continue to age whiskies for even their own premium brands -- e.g., Eagle Rare 17, George T. Stagg -- when it means filling warehouse space with barrels they could easily sell today (or tomorrow) at a younger age?
It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out.