I wouldn't agree with that assessment of Hedonism, unless you don't like grain whisky.
In any case, I feel it's good enough to buy it again.
As for the price of Eleuthera and Peat Monster, I don't feel they're bad deals at all, and I feel that vatting can offer some very interesting whiskies.
Sometimes, though, I can't help but wonder if whiskies are priced by the rolling of dice. As an example, in the Chicago area, at three stores within ten miles of one another, I've seen Ardbeg 10 priced at $30
, and $55
. One store will have Highland Park 18 at $65, another has it at $80. On the bright side, it gives me a reason to shop around and check out different stores...