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U.S. members..Is SMS pricing itself out of your life?

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U.S. members--is SMS becoming way overpriced to you compared to high quaility American whiskey?

Yes, and I am buying more American whiskey
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34%
No, the pricing isn;t out of balance
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9%
Yes it is but I will pay the price anyway
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56%
 
Total votes : 32

Re: U.S. members..Is SMS pricing itself out of your life?

Postby talisker10 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:20 pm

This is the first year for the Weller for me, and I get it for the recommended retail of $65.
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Re: U.S. members..Is SMS pricing itself out of your life?

Postby lockejn » Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:02 pm

The entire collection here in NH is priced at $51 each. Course, most stores that got it (say, 20%) only got a case of each.
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Re: U.S. members..Is SMS pricing itself out of your life?

Postby ClarenceCarter » Sat Nov 14, 2009 2:38 am

I like, maybe love, both Scotch and American whiskey and I have been drinking them for about three or four years. I have mostly bought single malts when they are being closed out by the state (PA) at a reduced price or I happen across a great deal or I just say say what the heck.

Where I live, the popular malts start at 40$ and I've even seen some retailers tack on their own luxury tax I guess. I saw The Dalmore for 42$ last week. By contrast, I find the American whiskeys I like for around 20$.

A large issue for me is that I don't hide whiskey or put any off limits to visiters. I bought a Crag 12, it was gone quickly and I only drank about a third to a half. I even caught my wife mixing Mac 10 FO with juice. I'm eyeing my next Speysider. I'm going to hide that one.
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Re: U.S. members..Is SMS pricing itself out of your life?

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:30 am

ClarenceCarter wrote: ...I even caught my wife mixing Mac 10 FO with juice. ...
:shock:
And, you are still married? Granted it was only the Fine Oak Mac so it would be a forgiveable mistake.
:D

I guess I should really consider it lucky that Mrs Musky has no interest in tasting my collection with or without mix.

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Re: U.S. members..Is SMS pricing itself out of your life?

Postby clicker7 » Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:19 am

Yes, some prices have been getting ridiculous like, Macallan 18 ($154), and Balvenie Portwood 21 ( $212), seems like it doubled the last few years).

Still some distillers or expressions have seemed to hold their prices better Highland Park, Talisker, Springbank, Alberlour (A'bunadh), and others.

This is a luxury I enjoy, that gives me a lot of pleasure, so I will pay the price; I do tend choose/buy more selectively the malts I really like-- and do a bit less experimenting.

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Re: U.S. members..Is SMS pricing itself out of your life?

Postby Novice Scotch Fan » Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:29 am

I'm not a US member, but I can assure you that in Canda some of us are buying quality US whisky (ie. Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, etc.) instead of single malts. I used to buy a lot of Oban, but the price has gone through the roof in the last couple of years. Its now $98! As great as it is, its not worth that price. for the same amount I can get a premium bourbon (Knob Creek) and a decent single malt (Cragganmore).
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Re: U.S. members..Is SMS pricing itself out of your life?

Postby ClarenceCarter » Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:22 pm

Muskrat Portage wrote:
ClarenceCarter wrote: ...I even caught my wife mixing Mac 10 FO with juice. ...
:shock:
And, you are still married?


She's a keeper. She even cooks daily and like to do so. I just roll with the punches from time to time.

I guess I should really consider it lucky that Mrs Musky has no interest in tasting my collection with or without mix.

Musky


That is lucky.
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Re: U.S. members..Is SMS pricing itself out of your life?

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:54 am

Ganga wrote:
dylan793 wrote:If American distilleries began producing a relatively cheap SMS style whisky maybe I would say yes. Maybe i'm just not aware of it, but I haven't heard of such a whisky yet.


Try McCarthy's single malt.

What about Stranahan's? Does no one else think that is good whisky? Ok so its not a copy SMS style, but worth a try imo.
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Re: U.S. members..Is SMS pricing itself out of your life?

Postby 1Malt » Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:21 pm

I'll be paying the higher prices.... just buying much less frequently, and trying to be picky about what I buy.

This is an expensive hobby, and I only just got into it this year as prices skyrocketed. But then, my other hobby is owning and flying a small antique Piper airplane :shock: so my wallet is staying rather empty these days.

I recently paid US$62 for Aberlour 16, $69 for A'bunadh and $65 for Talisker 10 here in north central Texas.

Laphroig 10 is $49, Lagavulin 16 is $93 and they have one bottle of Lagavulin DE 1991 sitting on the shelf for $100 here.

All those prices are before adding on the state sales tax of 8.25%
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