In regards to higher price single cask, single malt, at cask strength this in my opinion is just a numbers games. OB like MaCallan seem to be controlling the availability by increasing the cost. Meaning that they are less likely to run out if they chard two or three times the expected cost. Lets face it I know people who buy one bottle of Mac 25 a year, however, they would buy 4 or 5 a year if it were 1/2 the price.
Also, the Aultmore i am drinking now is a Whisky Galore,and was under $30.....
Wave wrote:Port Ellen's are a bad example since the OB's are all limited releases which are naturally going to be higher than many IB's. Generally though Caol Ila, Ardbeg, Springbank, etc IB's will be more expensive in younger bottlings yet tend to be cheaper than the OB's in older bottlings. At least that's been my experience.
Agree, and I thought about that afterward, Port Ellen is a very poor example. Theory still holds, I think..
I think your example of the Macallan is both an exception to the rule and testimony to the fact that the Edrington group has raised the price of Macallan malts to the stratosphere --while simultaneously lowering their quality to great depths.
No cheers for the Edrington group!
The older bottlings is often the other way around - cheaper by far in most cases.
But perhaps it is more a case of some 20+ OBs being priced more than a bit on the high side - rather than the IBs being cheap as such ?
Oliver wrote:I agree with that last bit. OB's tend to have way overpriced older malts.
I'm guessing, but maybe that's because of the warehousing? OB's have a lot room for "fresh" whiskies and there must be a lot "traffic"/renevue when wanting to make profit by volume. For few casks from the past is not the main business for OB's and that's why the room is very limited for them (or they are selling that part for IB's). IB's instead are not living from the volume, but specialties. They have room (or they have bought it from OB) and time for maturing whiskies in the casks. Go figure.
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