The rumors are true: There is a bourbon shortage in America, which explains the lack of certain in-demand bottles—think Pappy Van Winkle, Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel, and W.L. Weller—on liquor-store shelves. The reason for those empty spaces is that, while demand has dramatically risen for America’s native spirit, it is a product that cannot be rushed. This problem is magnified by the public’s current penchant for ultra-aged bourbons, such as Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Aged 17 Years , which of course takes 17 years to produce.
Consequently, the rediscovery of bourbon by a new generation of connoisseurs has put a serious dent in the supplies of these ultra-aged premium spirits. However, the good news is, there are still liquid treasures to be found. Here are four luxury bourbons that are available if you search diligently—and soon!