Brownski.....what think you of Weller 12 year going for a buck ninety nine? Closest the average tRumpeter can come to drinking Pappy.
I just picked up a bottle of Weller Special Reserve and a bottle of Weller Antique 107 for about $30 each. A premium on MSRP, but they are pretty hard to find these days. I just saw a bottle of Special Reserve in NYC for $99!
I think that's a lot of money for whiskey that, if tasted blind by a non expert, could be mistaken for Makers Mark. Welled is good but it's just another wheated bourbon at the end of the day. That price is based on scarcity and I am not convinced it's really all that scarce.
By way of disclosure I used to sell Weller and Pappy and no longer do but I would have said the same thing then
While I’d like a wee dram or two of Pappy some day just to say I’ve tried it.....I’ll never pay what it takes to get even that, or a bottle of Weller 12 year. Prices for Pappy, and by association Weller now, are driven by scarcity. Maybe it isn’t from your perspective, but I haven’t been seeing a lot of either in the liquor stores near me. Some places now keep the Weller in the locked display. Oh, the hysteria! I know I over paid for the Special Reserve and Antique 107 as MSRP is only about $20, but I’m always happy getting a deal and finding those for $30 when they are pushing $100 elsewhere made me happy. Of course Larceny is probably better than both and cheaper!
$30 is a good price for them. I just meant the stuff over $100. As for the scarcity, I meant that the distillery may be creating it artificially by throttling the shipments to the wholesalers in order to create lots of hype around the brands.
Regarding the Van Winkle bourbons, I've tasted the 15 year old and I thought it tasted exactly like Makers 46. And I agree that Larceny is definately the best bargain in wheated bourbons. Heaven Hill products (larceny, Evan Williams, Elijah Craig) always give you the most bang for your. buck.
I'm not a huge rye guy either. Some of them are just too much spicy/cereal for me. I like the Wild Turkey though - and Knob Creek Rye is pretty good too. Legally, they only have to be 51% rye to be labeled that way. I tend to like the ones closer to the low end better.