I also "won" the Ardbeg '65 lottery and was forced to seriously consider whether I wanted to take advatage of my 'luck'. When I was called by the distillery I cheekily asked them how many people had entered the draw for teh 50 bottles available from the distillery. To my shock and suprise they told me - 112 applications.
Doesn't seem like unprecidented demand to me! If it had been 3000 applicants then maybe I would have thought twice but on this occasion I politely declined, saving my £2 grand for something better.. I'm sure a good proportion of the 112 also entered the ballot for fun rather than with a serious aspiration to get hold of a bottle.
I agree with the suggestion that the on-line auction sites are insane - I bought 6 bottles of 17yo Arbeg a few months ago at £60 when some stock breifly came on sale on Ardbeg's on-line shop. Even while the stock was avialable at this price bottles were routinely going for £80+, I notice that the current going price is £100-130!
Apparently the 2003 'Committee Reserve' I bought for £100 is fetching £250+ on eBay, which has insensed me as it is now too valuable to drink!
With this insanity in mind I recently got hold of 6 "peat packs" from the distillery shop for £15 a pop in the sale... I haven't split them open yet as I figure if I hang onto them until the 17yo minatures are also out of stock the value of the intact box will also spiral out of control.
I think it's all daft - whisky is surely for drinking not collecting... but while there are fools out there I may as well take advantage eh?