By Drink Gregariously
How does the selection process work? It varies from distillery to distillery but generally involves buyers or groups being invited to taste and evaluate different barrels at the distillery, receiving samples from a selection of barrels, or being offered a specific barrel for purchase. This hands-on, discerning process ensures that each Store Pick is a reflection of the buyer's unique taste preferences and the distillery's craft.
But why should you consider adding a Store Pick to your collection? For starters, Store Picks offer a level of exclusivity and individuality. Because each barrel of bourbon is different, each Store Pick is a unique expression of that bourbon's character. This means you can enjoy a bottle that few others have, making it a great conversation starter or a special gift for a fellow bourbon lover. Moreover, Store Picks often represent the higher-quality selections and sometimes, they can become highly sought-after items, especially if the pick is from a renowned distillery or selected by a well-respected retailer.
However, not all Store Picks are created equal. As a consumer, it's essential to do a bit of research or ask questions about who selected the barrel and how it was chosen. Was it selected by someone with a renowned palate, or was it chosen because it offered a unique flavor profile? Understanding the selection process can give you insight into what makes that particular Store Pick special. Whenever possible, try to taste a sample before buying to ensure it suits your palate.
Store Picks represent a unique intersection of craftsmanship and personalization. They offer an opportunity to explore different flavors and styles within the familiar brands you love. So next time you're browsing the bourbon aisle, take a moment to discover the Store Picks. Who knows? Your new favorite bourbon might just be a Store Pick waiting to be uncovered.
Embrace the journey.