About asking rediculous prices for a collectible malt: If I am not wrong, (and I probably am,
) Bowmore started that... they asked about 100£ for their first "Black"...which was in line with what other 30yo whisky's were going at the time...once the "Black" went for 1000£, they started bringing out bottles like the 64 fino sherry for , what was it? 1500£ or 2000€ or something
I do not really get the difference (comment: "ardbeg 65 is something else than 1957 Glenlivet" ) between a 1965 ardbeg and a 1965 Glenwhatever... Aren't they both whisky's distilled to the best of their respective abilities? Does Ardbeg need so much more skill to make? Or does a barrel of New Make ardbeg cost so much more than the new make Glenlivet? Is Ardbeg really that different?
I bought a 50yo Glen Grant 1956-2006...distillery label by G&M for 230€!!! And a 45yo Strathisla 1960-2005 for 210€
Now, those are prices that are reasonable...and the whisky's are worth it! They are damned good whisky's, the quality is superb, they have a more then respactable age, and they have the price to fit...and don't get me wrong: these bottles are opened...and I have to admit, I've had some 72-73-74-75 ardbeg that were stunning...but these are not far from that. So Ardbeg may be better, and more collectible.... but, No Way does that make it right to ask such a price!!!
Laphroaig FI 2006 for 60£ may be a collectible bottle AND reasonably priced... but it still is 'only' a 12yo 1994distilled Laphroaig... The current cask strength 10 sells for about 30£.... is the age and quality from it's contents only half as good? I doubt it!
Will prices go down? I doubt it! With some sources claiming that there are about 10.000.000 Euro-MILLIONAIRES in china... I think we are going to be left empty-handed!