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Single malt Scotch prices

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Single malt Scotch prices

EvergreenDan | Jan 26, 2010 01:06 PM

What has happened in the last few years to cause all Scotches to go up so much? I can understand specific situations, like when Lagavulin was unavailable for a few months. (The rumors I heard included a distillery fire and a calculated marketing ploy; I have no idea of the true story.)

But it seems that every good Scotch has gone up WAY beyond normal inflation over the last few years -- perhaps by about a third. Lagavulin was under $50 a few years ago, and is closer to $80 now. Michel Couvreur is about $65 now and was about $40 or $45 when I discovered it a couple of years ago.

It seems totally out of line compared to increases in other spirits. I assume taxes/duties don't explain it because other spirits haven't been so affected.

I just brought back some single malts Scotches from Mexico and they were very reasonably priced. For example, a liter (not 750ml) of Bowmore 12, Laphroaig Quarter Cask, and Balvenie DoubleWood were all $40 each at the duty free. Other spirits were not similarly cheap (except Tequila, of course).

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