Fred Minnick, on Whisky Advocate, narrows down the bourbon shortage:
Consumers are able to buy bourbon … if your measure of the “bourbon shortage” is there is bourbon sitting on the shelves and in the warehouses, then, there is no shortage. But the bourbon shortage is not about everyday bourbons sitting on shelves—Jim Beam White Label, Wild Turkey 101 or standard Evan Williams.
Everyday consumers are less likely to be affected. If you’re looking for rare bourbon, however, the supply and demand curve is through the roof.