Newbie wrote: know age isn't an indication of whether a whisky will be good or not, but to me this just seems like the distilleries' are trying to make a better margin and to improve their cashflow.
And so they should, today's cashflow is tomorrow's Laphroaig 40.
There's more to a whisky's value than its age and for my money the fact that it's one off, limited release is worth a bit. Couple this with the romance of Feis Ile and the fact that it does have some special 17 yr old in it makes it worth the price in my view (obviously said without having tasted it).
Put another way, think of how much they would have had to charge to release the two casks of 17 on their own. They could have achieved the same cashflow but I'm certain that wouldd have pushed it out of my price range. This way they've made it accessible to a wider audience and I reckon that's got to be a good thing.