les taylor wrote:
Nick Brown wrote:Is your suggestion that people from Edinburgh shouldn't be allowed to buy whisky? Is their money less good than yours?
Nick, I think Rob was just saying where the guy came from. It could of been London or Birmingham. It identifies the item without naming names.
Les - I know, but I was trying to make a point. If whisky is on sale for £x, how or why should a distillery decide whether or not the customer is "allowed" to buy it. Why should a person be "allowed" to buy it for their own consumption but not if they want to sell it on? And what about the collector who wants to buy the bottle but never intends to drink it. If you have the money and can afford the price, you should be allowed to buy.
And as for the chap with his 20 Valinches, fair enough too. I'm sure Bruichladdich is canny enough to just pop the next cask on the rack when the current one is empty. Who knows, they might be able to offload 20 of that to the same chap.
At the end of the day, the distilleries are doing well selling festival bottles at considerably more than they'd get for the same whisky with a regular label. They're getting a good deal. Perhaps with higher prices, they'd get even more; perhaps, though, that would push people over the tipping point and they'd stop buying, leaving the distillery with unsold bottles.
And even if you miss out on, say, the Laphroaig Feis Ile bottle, you can find plenty of good single cask 17yo Laphroaigs from independents for reasonable sums of money.