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It's not good value at $200

If it was $70 it'd be a top seller.

It's grossly overpriced because it's a huge distillery and their "best" offering. It's like paying $200 for a brand name tshirt, not worth the price but it's still a nice shirt.
1- it’s not nor would it ever be $70. In reality we all judge whisky with price point in mind in spite of the fact it’s not a particularly good indicator of anything other than how expensive it is
2- personally (and it’s all subjective) if it was $70 and wasn’t Johnnie Walker I doubt it would be anywhere near a top seller list.

People that don’t drink or know a lot about whisky buy it (it’s actually already a top seller at $200) because of brand recognition, I know that before I knew much about whisky I wanted a bottle of blue label and most people are the same.
Even as Johnnie Walker at $70 there are miles better alternatives at or around that price point (the naked grouse, dimple, a few teeling varieties).

Essentially it sells well at $200 because people like brands they know and Johnnie markets blue label as premium. Those in the know wouldn’t spend $200 on it and rate much much cheaper whiskies much much better.
 
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The Balvenie 12 year is my go-to.

Glen Grant if I have someone over that wants to have a taste.

Bought the Macallan as a gift to myself but I’m not massive on it, not sure what it is that I don’t like but I’m not a fan.
 

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It's not good value at $200

If it was $70 it'd be a top seller.

It's grossly overpriced because it's a huge distillery and their "best" offering. It's like paying $200 for a brand name tshirt, not worth the price but it's still a nice shirt.

I'd value the liquid in the bottle around $55. A nice blended Scotch but I'd still prefer to spend a bit more on a quality single malt.

Kilchoman is one I highly recommend to anyone to enjoys Islay whiskies. Machir Bay is excellent and their cask strength is one of the best whiskies I've ever had.
 

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Starward doing a collab with Yalumbra (spelling?) wines. Looks a winner, $150 for a bottle aged in yalumbra casks looks pretty good value.
 

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Starward doing a collab with Yalumbra (spelling?) wines. Looks a winner, $150 for a bottle aged in yalumbra casks looks pretty good value.

EDIT for clarification:

Octavius release. Can buy a twin pack of the wine & whisky for $300 - great value. The wine usually retails around the $160 mark so combined with the whisky it’s a great value proposition.
 
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I know its not whisky but its the 'Rum for whisky drinkers' and anyone who hasnt tried it needs to do themselves a favour.
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Was having a look at some Australian single malts but jeez they’re expensive. I’d rather spend the money on Scotch .
 

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Personally not a huge fan of the talisker stuff. As mentioned it’s not at all smooth, great flavor profile though.
 

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Personally not a huge fan of the talisker stuff. As mentioned it’s not at all smooth, great flavor profile though.

I have about 30 whiskeys and about 8 are currently open. One is the Talisker that I opened about 12 months ago and still three quarters full, just not an overly enjoyable peated whiskey at all.
 

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My go to whisky. I salivate over Talisker. What did you pay for it btw ?
Yep its my go as well. Having a glass of the 10 year right now. Ive adapted right back.

the 25 year old was a present so not sure the exact price but was told it was 400-500 dollars. it was glorious.
 

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Really? Lagavulin 16, Ardbeg 10, Laphroaig 10, anything from Octomore.
Lagvullin is close to Talisker. Thats my second choice. Recently had the nick offerman lagvullin in guiness casks which was an interesting take.

Talisker is better though.

The other two are way off. I couldnt even finish the ardbeg. Still half full in my liquer cabinet. laphroaig wasnt much better. I ended up blending it with baileys because i found it too boring.
 

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Lagvullin is close to Talisker. Thats my second choice. Recently had the nick offerman lagvullin in guiness casks which was an interesting take.

Talisker is better though.

The other two are way off. I couldnt even finish the ardbeg. Still half full in my liquer cabinet. laphroaig wasnt much better. I ended up blending it with baileys because i found it too boring.
Personally I disagree but taste is subjective so fair play to you BUT blended with baileys…

No mate, absolutely the * not.
 

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Lagvullin is close to Talisker. Thats my second choice. Recently had the nick offerman lagvullin in guiness casks which was an interesting take.

Talisker is better though.

The other two are way off. I couldnt even finish the ardbeg. Still half full in my liquer cabinet. laphroaig wasnt much better. I ended up blending it with baileys because i found it too boring.

Each to their own, that's what's so good about whiskey, you can find one to suit your tastes and there's no wrong answers, but man I couldn't finish my nip of Talisker a few weeks back, just a dirty ashtray taste
 

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