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Whiskies are getting expensive!

October 22nd, 2007

I remember the days when I thought Johnnie Walker Blue was expensive at $150. Now, I’m getting invitations to sample whiskies that cost several thousand dollars.

A couple of weeks ago it was Ardbeg Double Barrel (two bottles of 1974 vintage Ardbeg in a rifle case) which I was told that will retail for $20,000. This week I received an invitation to attend “an exclusive preview and first-ever tasting of The Macallan 55 years old, originally distilled in 1949 and bottled in the second of a series of six LALIQUE decanters for The Macallan.” The tasting is in November, and I’m going to try to make it because some of the older Macallans are wonderful.

Only 100 decanters will be available in the U.S. I don’t know how much this one will cost, but I can tell you that the first bottling is selling at Park Avenue Liquor in New York City for an even $10,000.

The two Ardbegs in the Double Barrel offering were delicious. It will be interesting to see how the 1949 Macallan will taste. Gosh, you almost hope that these whiskies suck, so you don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything.

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