As already mentionned the Laph. CS and QC
are great deals.... Also the Balvenie 15
is a good deal since it really is a single cask malt at cask strength. Looking at it that way, its a relative bargain -- though as the prices have been going up at the Balvenie this might not last for ever ....
And I suppose that's the rub; any malt that becomes very successfull will go up in prices rather dramatically. Of course theres the Macallan
example, but I think Ardbeg
's have been priced very highly these days (and that's a turn off for some). b
But also check out Highland Park
a hiterto affordable malt whose masters are doing the old switcharoo trick did the Macallan did 10 years ago with its prices.... THe HP 12 will increase in price; a new 15 will cost the price of the 18; the 18 will cost the price of the 25 and the 25....will be almost double
A classic example of this is the "classic malts" lineup, with the most popular one, the Lagavullin
, clocking in at $80 a bottle here in NC, USA, while an equally good -- if not better -- but less popular, Talisker
is at $54.
So guys, beware which malts you herald as bargains over the net, you might in fact be paving the way for a price increase of your favorite "bang for your buck" dram!